BOOK LISTsyllabus

- The books are divided into categories and some books fall into more than one category. This list gives you an idea of some of the books in the world which are famous and give important insights into the human experience. Any books written by these authors may be good to read. Remember, there are many other wonderful books not listed here. However, this may be a place to start.

- You will form a reading circle with two other people and then choose one book (or more) from this list which you and your group will read and share.


Alice Walker

The Color Purple

Claude Brown

Manchild in the Promised Land

Gloria Naylor

The Women of Brewster Place

James Baldwin

If Beale Street Could Talk

Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Margaret Walker


Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man

Richard Wright

Black Boy, Native Son

Toni Morrison

Jazz, The Bluest Eye, Sula, Beloved

Tony Cade Bambara

Gorilla, My Love

James McBride

The Color of Water

Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun

August Wilson



Amy Tan

Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife

Gus Lee

China Boy

Le Ly Hayslip

When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

Maxine Hong Kingston

The Woman Warrior, China Men



Amos Oz

Where the Jackals Howl

Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

Anzia Yezierska

Bread Giver

Bernard Malamud

The Fixer, The Assistant

Grace Paley

The Little Disturbances of Man

Henry Roth

Call It Sleep

Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Slave



Carlos Fuentes

The Old Gringo

Esmerelda Santiago

When I Was Puerto Rican

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Isabel Allende

House of the Spirits

Jamaica Kincaid

At the Bottom of the River, Annie John

Mario Vargas Llosa

Aunt Julia and the Script Writer

Nicholsa Mohr

In Neuva York

Oscar Hijuelos

Our House in the Last World

Sandra Cisneros

House on Mango Street

V. S. Naipaul

Miguel Street

Ernesto Quinonez

B odega Dreams



Dee Brown

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Leslie Marmon Silko


Louise Erdrich

Love Medicine

Michael Dorris

A Yellow Raft on Blue Water

N. Scott Momaday

The Way to Rainy Mountain, Ancient Child


Black Elk Speaks, Almanac of the Dead

William Least Heat Moon

Blue Highways



Anatole Fugard

My Children My Africa

Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet

Nadine Gordimer

*Any book by her

Naguib Mahfouz

The Whisper of Madness

Sembene Ousmane

God's Bits of Wood



Arthur Miller

The Crucible, All My Sons

Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Herman Melville

Moby Dick

Isaac Asimov

Foundation Trilogy (Sci Fi)

J. D. Salinger

Catcher In The Rye

Jack London

The Call of the Wild

John Steinbeck

Grapes of Wrath

Kate Chopin

The Awakening

Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Willa Cather

My Antonia

William Faulkner

Light in August

James Agee

A Death in the Family

Jack Finney

Time and Again



Albert Camus

The Stranger

Aldus Huxley

Brave New World

Anton Chekhov

The Cherry Orchard

Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities

Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre

Edmond Rostand

Cyrano De Bergerac

Emile Zola


Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights


Trojan Women, Medea

Franz Kafka

The Trial

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

George Eliot

Mill on the Floss

George Orwell


Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary

Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House, An Enemy of the People

Herman Hesse

Demian, Siddhartha

Ignazio Silone

Fontamara, Bread and Wine

James Joyce

The Dubliners

Jane Austin

Pride and Prejudice

Leo Tolstoy

Death of Ivan Ilyich

Mary Renault

Bull From the Sea

Oscar Wilde

Picture of Dorian Gray


Oedipus Cycle, Antigone

Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone, Woman In White

William Golding

Lord of the Flies



Gloria Miklowitz

War Between The Classes

Judy Blume

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Richard Peck

Ghosts I Have Been

Paul Zindel

The Pigman

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter Books

S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders



Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Hermann Hesse


Benjamin Hoff

The Tao of Pooh


*Note: William Shakespeare is not included. If you wish to read one of his plays, let us know which one. Also, you are not limited to the choices on this list. We have suggestions for other book genres, such as young adult and teenage literature, which might be more suitable.


MYSTERY GENRE - Some good authors

Raymond Chandler

Elmore Leonard

Agatha Christie

Dashiell Hammett

Dorothy Sayers

Sara Paretsky

Martha Grimes

Batya Gur

Patricia Highsmith

Sally Kellerman

Kinky Friedman

Walter Mosley

Johnathan Kellerman

Arthur Conan Doyle

P.D. James

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