The Great American Novel is one that has effectively captured the language and experience of American culture of a specific time as it is understood at the time. The titles below have all been identified as examples of this type of work.
Tough, unsentimental writing, gritty realism, fast-paced slang and a steely antihero are what set apart the harboiled detective novel. Below you'll find selections by pioneers of the genre as well as more modern takes on the style.
You can't pick them, but they're your family. Best get used to the weirdness.
Whether it's magical realism or realism realism, love in the time of butterflies or cholera, this list of important books by Latino writers are must-reads. Fiction, memoir, history, poetry all blend for a rich interweaving of a people made up of many people with many stories to tell.
Peer into the intimate worlds of writers you love.
The population of American Indians and Alaska Natives totaled 5.2 million in 2012. There are 566 federally recognized Indian tribes and 325 federally recognized reservations, where 22% of American Indians and Alaska Natives reside. Discover more about the lives of Native peoples - from their own words.
We know them well. Now take them, twist them, and read into the folklore like never before. Some of these stories will find you in familiar places while others will simply have an air of the mythological. Make a wish, take a bite, go down the rabbit hole.
When you haven't outgrown your love of dinosaurs, indulge your fascination with these paleontology and archaeology books.
Learn the delicious virtues of vegetarian and vegan eating by browsing one or more of the cookbooks on this booklist for herbivores (and wannabe herbivores).
The modern origins of America's favorite pastime can be traced to mid-19th century New York City where baseball fever hit so strongly that organized leagues began to be formed around the craze. The first professional leagues formed in the 1870s and the rest was history.
Read up on baseball's story from its beginnings to its modern state. Learn about controversies and triumphs and just maybe, learn how to finally keep score.
Banned Book Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Book Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. Celebrate your freedom to read by reading a banned or challenged book.
Get a look behind the music with these recent rock autobiographies.
As the world's most famous investigating detective, Sherlock Holmes has inspired numerous writers. Sample Doyle's work and explore our selection of Sherlockians.
Girls on fire. Fictional heroines. Powerhouses who have taken their place in history. Women who show the way to those that follow. Read up, smart girls (and boys).
Arizona's lower desert has two planting seasons, fall and spring. Take advantage of the perfect conditions and consider growing a few crops of your own. Here’s everything you need for a successful and hearty harvest in the Valley. Happy growing!
The history of the United States of American is deep and varied. Here are just some of the books that tell part of the history of this country.