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An English Teacher's Essential Literature - Page 5

A complete list of the books I believe are essential to one's understanding of literature. These works, which have all helped to shape American culture in some way, are referenced and read often, and all have stood the test of time.
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Bonjour Tristesse
Bonjour Tristesse
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The Shack
The Shack
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The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
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Hatchet
Hatchet
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Fight Club
Fight Club
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Mildred Taylor)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Mildred Taylor)
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Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children
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I, Judas (Taylor Caldwell)
I, Judas (Taylor Caldwell)
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A Street in Bronzeville
A Street in Bronzeville
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The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
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Waiting to Exhale
Waiting to Exhale
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Dreams From My Father (Barack Obama)
Dreams From My Father (Barack Obama)
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The Audacity of Hope (Barack Obama)
The Audacity of Hope (Barack Obama)
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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Written by H
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Written by H
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Flight to Canada
Flight to Canada
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Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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Decoded (Jay-Z and Dream Hampton)
Decoded (Jay-Z and Dream Hampton)
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The New Jim Crow
The New Jim Crow
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Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
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White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
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Zami
Zami
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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Warmth of Other Suns
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Sula
Sula
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Black Boy (Richard Wright)
Black Boy (Richard Wright)
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Devil in a Blue Dress
Devil in a Blue Dress
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Salvage the Bones
Salvage the Bones
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The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
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For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
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Play It as It Lays (Joan Didion)
Play It as It Lays (Joan Didion)
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The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans
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Franny and Zooey (J.D. Salinger)
Franny and Zooey (J.D. Salinger)
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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
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A Gathering of Old Men (Ernest Gaines)
A Gathering of Old Men (Ernest Gaines)
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Black Skin, White Masks (Frantz Fanon)
Black Skin, White Masks (Frantz Fanon)
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The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (Frances Cress Welsing)
The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (Frances Cress Welsing)
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Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
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