The following list was compiled by Dr. Rosalie de Rosset for Midday Connection’s Book Club:


Anderson, Sherwood.  Winesburg, Ohio (on small town America)
Angelou, Maya.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Bradbury, Ray.  Fahrenheit 451
Buck, Pearl.  The Good Earth
Cather, Willa.  My Antonia;  Death Comes to the Archbishop
Cooper, James Fenimore.  The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen.  The Red Badge of Courage
Dreiser, Theodore.  An American Tragedy; Sister Carrie
Emerson, Ralph Waldo.
Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying; Absalom; Abslom; The Sound and the Fury
Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  The Great Gatsby
Gaines, Ernest.  A Lesson Before Dying
Hamilton, Jane.  A Map of the World (1990’s)
Hanson, Ron.  Mariette in Ecstasy (1990’s)
Hawthorne, Nathaniel.  The Scarlet Letter; The House of Seven Gables; Short Stories*
Hemingway, Ernest.  The Old Man and the Sea;  A Farewell to Arms; etc.
Herbert, Frank.  Dune
Hurston, Zora Neale.  Their Eyes Were Watching God
Keillor, Garrison.  Lake Woebegone Days 
Kennedy, John O’Toole.  The Neon Bible; Confederacy of Dunces
Kennedy, William.  Ironweed
Kennedy, Susan.  In Another Country
Kesey, Ron.  One Flew  Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Kingsolver, Barbara.  The Poisonwood Bible (1990’s)
Lee, Harper.  To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair.  Main Street; Babbitt (on small town America)
London, Jack.  The Call of the Wild
Lowery, Lois.  The Giver; Number the Stars (young adult)
Macleish, Archibald.  J.B. (takeoff on Job)
Malamud, Bernard.  The Fixer
Melville, Herman.  Moby Dick*; Billy Budd*
Morrison, Toni.  The Bluest Eye; Song of Solomon
O’Henry.  Short Stories
Poe, Edgar Allen.  Short Stories; Poetry
Potok, Chaim.  The Chosen; The Promise; My Name is Asher Lev;  Davita’s Harp
Rand, Ayn.  Atlas Shrugged; Anthem; The Fountainhead
Reynolds, Sherri.  The Rapture of Canaan (1990’s)
Robinson, Mary Lynn. Housekeeping
Russell, Mary Doria.  The Sparrow;* Children of God (1990’s)
Salinger, J.D.  Franny & Zoey; Catcher in the Rye
Schaefer, Jack.  Shane*
Sinclair, Upton.  The Jungle; The Octopus
Stegner, Wallace.  Crossing to Safety
Steinbeck, John.  The Grapes of Wrath; East of Eden; Of Mice and Men;  The Red Pony
Susskind, Patric.  Pigeon
Tartt, Donna. The Secret History, My Little Friend
Twain, Mark.  Huckleberry Finn; Tom Sawyer  
Tyler, Anne.  Dinner at Homesick Restaurant; The Accidental Tourist
Vonnegut, Kurt.  Slaughterhouse 5; etc.
Walker, Alice.  The Color Purple
Wallant, Edward.  Children At the Gate; The Pawnbroker
Wharton, Edith.  Ethan Frome; The House of Mirth; The Age of Innocence
Wilder, Thornton.  Bridge of San Luis Rey; Our Town (drama)

*Indicates the work is written under Christian influence or has Christian overtones

For the original publication of this list, along with discussion recordings and study guides, visit Look for book reviews of “Rosie’s Reads” in The Moody Standard.