Top U.S. Books


Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith.

The right books can be the best windows into a culture, city or country. They capture a mood or a feeling or a place and transport you to that location. And in the United States, we have many authors that embody the culture of the U.S., from classic stories to modern novels about America and some of the most well known places in the country.

Learn about the latest books in the United States with the New York Times Book Review, found online and in the New York Times. The weekly magazine features reviews and articles about American and international literature. Participants should also browse a list of state libraries and public libraries throughout the U.S. Become a member of a local library to take out books, rent electronic books and, often, to use services like computers, Internet, printing, faxing and more.

Consider taking some of these American classics out from a local library:

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Essays of E.B. White by E.B. White
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Little Womenby Louisa May Alcott
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stow

Some more recent books about the U.S. include:

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Corrections and Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safron Foer
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself and The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • What is the What and Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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