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25 American Classics Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Not all of us paid attention in high school English class, but that doesn't mean the assigned books weren't worth reading (or re-reading).
And maybe it's finally time to enjoy "The Grapes of Wrath" and other classics, instead of just the CliffsNotes version.
Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us create a list of 25 American classics everyone should read.
From John Steinbeck's masterpiece to Jack Kerouac's "On The Road," these 25 titles are worth your time (listed here in alphabetical order).
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
2
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
3
Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
4
The Awakening
The Awakening
5
The Poems of Emily Dickinson
The Poems of Emily Dickinson
6
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
7
The Crucible
The Crucible
8
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
9
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher
10
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
11
The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth
12
How the Other Half Lives
How the Other Half Lives
13
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
14
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Harriet Jacobs)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Harriet Jacobs)
15
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
16
The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
17
Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass
18
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (Stephen Crane)
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (Stephen Crane)
19
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
20
The Portrait of a Lady
The Portrait of a Lady
21
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
22
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
23
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
24
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
25
Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
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