What are the best books on America

American literary classics


The Mars Chronicles ("The Martian Chronicles")
by Ray Bradbury. Roman-like short stories, science fiction classics (1950)

Two strangers on the train ("Strangers on a Train")
by Patricia Highsmith. Multi-layered, psychological thriller about the "perfect murder" (1950)

I, the robot ("I, Robot")
by Isaac Asimov. Philosophical novel about robots of the future, classic science fiction (1950)

Foundation trilogy ("Foundation")
by Isaac Asimov. Science fiction novels about building an interstellar human civilization (1951-1953)

The catcher in the rye ("The Catcher in the Rye")
by Jerome David Salinger. Insight into the soul life of a social outsider (1951)

the old Man and the Sea ("The Old Man and the Sea")
by Ernest Hemingway. Novella about fighting a giant fish and the pursuit of happiness (1952)

Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury. Dystopian novel about a society that forbids books and knowledge (1953)

From this world ("Go Tell It on the Mountain")
by James Baldwin. Acclaimed, biblical-poetic masterpiece on self-determination and self-liberation (1953)

The fake of the world ("The Recognitions")
by William Gaddis. Complex satire with a portrait of the entire modern world (1955)

The talented Mister Ripley ("The Talented Mr. Ripley")
by Patricia Highsmith. Exciting crime thriller about murders for impersonation (1955)

On road ("On the Road")
by Jack Kerouac. Famous rebel cult book - Manifesto of the so-called "Beatniks" of the "Beat Generation" (1957)

Flowers for Algernon ("Flowers for Algernon")
by Daniel Keyes. Award-winning science fiction story about an experiment to create a genius (1959)

Who disturbs the nightingale ("To Kill a Mockingbird")
by Harper Lee. Modern classic about prejudice and racism (1960)

by Joseph Heller. Major bestseller satire on the absurdity of war (1961)

The desert planet ("Dune")
by Frank Herbert. Science fiction classic about a coveted raw material on a distant planet (1965)

Blade runner ("Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?")
by Philip K. Dick. Dystopian novel about the differences between humans and androids (1968)

Slaughterhouse 5 or The Children's Crusade ("Slaughterhouse-Five")
by Kurt Vonnegut. Novel about the air raids on Dresden with black humor and SF elements (1969)

The Godfather ("The Godfather")
by Mario Puzo. Mega bestseller about a New York mafia family from Sicily (1969)

Jonathan the seagull ("Jonathan Livingston Seagull")
by Richard Bach. Poetic fable about the importance of dreams and longings (1970)

Free spirits ("The Dispossessed. An Ambiguous Utopia")
by Ursula K. LeGuin. Utopian science fiction classic about the system question (1974)

Garp and how he saw the world ("The World According to Garp")
by John Irving. Bizarre novel about the grotesque, brutal, banal world (1978)

The Bourne Identity ("The Bourne Identity")
by Robert Ludlum. Captivating world bestseller about an agent with no memory (1980)

The wave ("The Wave")
by Morton Rhue. Novel about a school experiment on susceptibility to fascist behavior and thinking (1981)

Love is the plan, the plan is death ("Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death")
by James Tiptree junior. Tragicomic fable about growing up and striving for higher knowledge (1981)

Red Dragon ("Red Dragon")
by Thomas Harris. Horror thriller about the cannibalistic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (1981)

The Mists of Avalon ("The Mists of Avalon")
by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Fantasy bestseller interpreting the Arthurian legend (1982)

Pet Sematary ("Pet Sematary")
by Stephen King. Creepy bestselling novel about morals, life and death (1983)

The Chronicle of the Dragon Lance ("Dragonlance Chronicles")
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Classic fantasy novel series about power struggles in the fictional world Krynn (1984-1999)

Neuromancer ("Neuromancer / Sprawl Series")
by William Gibson. Epochal trilogy of novels around "Cyberspace" (1984)

God's work and the devil's contribution ("The Cider House Rules")
by John Irving. Epic novel about the labor of sexual emancipation (1985)

The Medicus ("The Physician")
by Noah Gordon. Historical novel about a fictional medical dynasty (1986)

It ("It")
by Stephen King. Horror novel about a violent gang and a monster murdering children (1986)

Red sun, black land ("Green city in the sun")
by Barbara Wood. Fateful family saga about a white settler family in Africa (1988)

The silence of the Lambs ("The Silence of the Lambs")
by Thomas Harris. Horror thriller about a murder hunt with the help of a cannibalistic psychiatrist (1988)

Owen Meany ("A Prayer for Owen Meany")
by John Irving. Novel about youth, violence and politics in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s (1989)

Rabbit at rest ("Rabbit at Rest")
by John Updike. American novel about the demise of an antihero (1990)

The Hyperion Chants ("Hyperion / The Fall of Hyperion")
by Dan Simmons. Award-winning anthology with two "Space Opera" novels (1990)

Lies in times of war ("Wartime Lies")
by Louis Begley. Story of a Jewish Childhood in Poland and the German Invasion in 1939 (1991)

American Psycho
by Bret Easton Ellis. Horror thriller about a double life full of sex, violence and murder (1991)

The Company ("The Firm")
by John Grisham. Thriller about the dangerous pull of corruption in a mafia law firm (1991)

A thousand acres ("A Thousand Acres")
by Jane Smiley. Dramatic novel about the revenge of battered daughters (1991)

The New Hampshire Hotel ("The Hotel New Hampshire")
by John Irving. Emotional Family History in the United States, 1940s to 1970s (1991)

Venetian finale ("Death at La Fenice")
by Donna Leon. Crime about a poisoned star conductor with a pedophilia and Nazi past (1992)

Ship reports ("The Shipping News")
by Annie Proulx. Novel about a widower's new beginning in a small Newfoundland coastal town (1993)

Snow falling on cedars ("Snow Falling on Cedars")
by David Guterson. Novel about the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II (1994)

Independence day ("Independence Day")
by Richard Ford. A milestone in contemporary American prose (1995)

The Popess ("Pope Joan")
by Donna Woolfolk Cross. Historical novel about an extraordinary woman (1996)

by Tad Williams. Tetralogy of science fiction and cyberpunk novels (1996-2001)

My mother's ashes - Irish memories ("Angela's Ashes")
by Frank McCourt. Autobiographical Memories of a Youth in the Thirties (1996)

Endless fun ("Infinite Jest")
by David Foster Wallace. Satirical-sad reckoning with the fun society (1996)

The geisha ("Memoirs of a Geisha")
by Arthur Golden. Fascinating Asian epic about the fate of a geisha (1997)

Underworld ("Underworld")
by Don DeLillo. Panorama of American Society in the Second Half of the 20th Century (1997)

Holes - The Secrets of Green Lake ("Holes")
by Louis Sachar. Humorous, bizarre, adventurous and fascinating youth novel (1998)