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English 11--Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Suggested Reading List

The list below represents challenging American literature of recognized importance. If you choose any literature not on this list, get the teacher’s prior approval; failure to do so, may result in…FAILURE!

Ashe, Arthur Days of Grace

Baker, Russell Growing Up

Bissinger, H. G. Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a


Blumenthal, Karen Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That

Changed the Future of Girls in America

Brokaw, Tom The Greatest Generation

Brown, Dee Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bryson, Bill A Brief History of Nearly Everything

I’m A Stranger Here Myself

A Walk in the Woods

Carson, Rachel Silent Spring

Criddle, Jan D. To Destroy You Is No Loss: The Odyssey of a

Cambodian Family

Crow Dog, Mary Lakota Woman

Conroy, Pat My Losing Season

The Water is Wide

Delany, Sara and Elizabeth Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years

Dillard, Annie Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

An American Childhood

Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of An American Slave

Dumas, Firoozeh Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

Ehrenreich, Barbara Nickel and Dimed

Ehle, John Trail of Tears: Rise and Fall of the Cherokee


Franklin, Benjamin The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Giblin, James Cross Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin

Booth and John Wilkes Booth

Grisham, John A Painted House

Hemingway, Ernest Death in the Afternoon

Hershey, John Hiroshima

Hillenbrand, Laura Seabiscuit

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage

Kingsolver, Barbara Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Kovic, Ron Born on the Fourth of July

Krakauer, Jon Eiger Dreams

Under the Banner of Heaven

Larson, Eric The Devil in the White City

In the Garden of Beasts

McBride, James The Color of Water

McCourt, Frank Angela’s Ashes

Teacher Man

Mah, Adeline Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an

Unwanted Daughter

Mathabane, Mark Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s

Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa

Momaday, Scott The Way to Rainy Mountain

Mowat, Farley Never Cry Wolf

Myers, Dean Bad Boy: A Memoir

Neihardt, John G. Black Elk Speaks

Sobel, Dava Galileo’s Daughter


Schlosser, Eric, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal

Stiles, JJ The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Walls, Jeanette The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Vowell, Sarah Assassination Vacation

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Unfamiliar Fishes

The Wordy Shipmates

Weisel, Elie Night

Welty, Eudora Thirteen Stories

Wilkerson, Isabel The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Agee, James A Death in the Family

Alexie, Sherman The Mostly True Story of a Part-time Indian

Alvarez, Julia Before We Were Free

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

In the Time of Butterflies

Anderson, Sherwood Winesburg, Ohio

Baldwin, James Go Tell It On the Mountain

Buck, Pearl The Good Earth

Bellow, Saul Henderson the Rain King

Humboldt’s Gift

Seize the Day

Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451(text for Honors English 9)

Martian Chronicles

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Carter, Forrest The Education of Little Tree

Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop

My Antonia

Clark, Walter Von Tillburg The Ox-Bow Incident

Crave, Margaret I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Cisneros, Sandra Caramel

The House on Mango Street (text for Honors English 9)

Conroy, Pat Beach Music

Lords of Discipline

The Great Santini

Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage

Dorris, Michael Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy

Sister Carrie

Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man

Faulkner, William Absalom, Absalom

As I Lay Dying

The Sound and the Fury

Frazer, Charles Cold Mountain

Gaines, Ernest A Gathering of Old Men

A Lesson Before Dying

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Halley, Alex Roots

Hawthorne, Nathaniel The House of the Seven Gables

The Scarlet Letter

Heller, Joseph Catch-22

Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms (text for AP Lit and Composition)

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Old Man and the Sea

The Sun Also Rises

Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God

James, Henry Portrait of a Lady

The Turn of the Screw

Kerouac, Jack On the Road

Kidd, Sue Monk The Secret Life of Bees

Kingsolver, Barbara The Bean Trees

Pigs in Heaven

The Poisonwood Bible

Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior

Lewis, Sinclair Main Street

London, Jack The Call of the Wild

Malamud, Bernard The Fixer

The Natural

Mason, Bobbie Anne, In Country

McCarthy, Cormac All The Pretty Horses


McCullers, Carson The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Member of the Wedding

Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener


Morrison, Toni Beloved


The Bluest Eye

O'Brien, Tim, Going After Cacciato: A Novel

O’ Connor, Flannery Everything That Rises Must Converge

A Good Man is Hard to Find


Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar

Potok, Chaim The Chosen

Robinson, Marilynne Gilead

Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye

Sebold, Alice The Lovely Bones

Sinclair, Upton The Jungle

Smiley, Jane A Thousand Acres

Steinbeck, John East of Eden

In Dubious Battle

Sweet Thursday

The Grapes of Wrath

The Winter of Our Discontent

To A God Unknown

Tan, Amy The Joy Luck Club

The Kitchen God’s Wife

Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tyler, Ann The Accidental Tourist

Updike, John Rabbit, Run

Vonnegut, Kurt Cat’s Cradle

Slaughterhouse Five

Walker, Alice The Color Purple

Welch, James Fools Crow

Welty, Eudora Thirteen Stories

West, Nathaniel Miss Lonelyhearts

Wharton, Edith The Age of Innocence

Wideman, John Edgar Philadelphia Fire

Wolfe, Thomas Look Homeward, Angel

Wright, Richard Black Boy

Native Son
O’Neil, Eugene Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Miller, Arthur Death of a Salesman

Wilder, Thornton Our Town

Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie (text for AP Lit and Composition)

Wilson, August The Piano Lesson

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