What are the best 20th century American reading list?

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    #1The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Brian Warren
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I read this book in one sitting and it was incredible. The action never ended, and it was easy to see why this novel is a classic among many."
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    #2To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Francisco del Ángel
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Great book. Shows the human spirit in the face of violent hatred and it truly uplifting. "
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    #3My Father Bleeds History (Maus)

    My Father Bleeds History (Maus)

    Possibly the most original way to understand and explain the holocaust and the Nazis prosecution against the Jews. A brutal graphic novel over a real story where the jews are wide-eyed mice and the Nazis are menacing cats. 


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    Billy King
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "After reading the Walking dead comic series I searched online for other good comics. I came across an unlikely heart pounding classic in Maus."
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    #4Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes is a fictional horror novel written by Ray Bradbury and was published in 1962. This book tells the story of two 13-year old boys and their unforgettable, horrifying experience with a traveling carnival.


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    Judith Guerrero
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This spine-tingling book is on the 20th Century American reading list. It's horrifying, and has been turned into a film. Of all of Ray Bradbury's books, this one is my favorite. The supernatural elements of the book, take it deeper and into a dark fantasy world. "
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    #5Prodigal Summer

    Prodigal Summer

    Prodigal Summer is a contemporary fiction novel written by Barbara Kingsolver which includes three stories of human love in southern Appalachia.


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    Raúl Contreras
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Three well written narratives taking place in the Appalachian mountain and valley taking place from late spring to autumn. Though not my favorite sort of stories once I set to reading it I felt myself involved in the stories."
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    #6The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)

    The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)
    This historical novel is a recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest four days in the American Civil War where two opposing armies fought for a way of life. Rather than focusing on the battle, the book explains the lives the combatants left behind. 


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    Xie Yin
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Part of a trilogy about the Civil War. I am a huge history buff, especially about the Civil War, and this is quite accurate in its background. It is very well written and intriguing."
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    #7The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk is a non-fiction history book written by W.E.B. Du Bois. This African American classic book is firs published in 


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    Austin Morrison
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is amazing. It definitely should be included in the 20th century American reading list"
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    #8Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Jeffrey Fuller
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you're into reading about dystopian futures, look no further than to this American classic. With a unique premise, Farenheit 451 tells the story of a "fireman" named Montag. On a journey of self discovery and redemption, Montag begins to understand why printed literature is hated by the regime."
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    #9Saving Fish from Drowning

    Saving Fish from Drowning
    Saving Fish from Drowning is a historical fiction and a cultural book from Asia written by Amy Tan, published on September 26, 2006 by Ballantine Books. It follows the story of Bibi Chen.


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    Consuelo Rivas
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Great book. It has a nice story to it."
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    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.

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    Lauren Lee
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is a classic but for the life of me I can't imagine why. It is an attempt at symbolism between new america and old europe. It fails with its veiled ideas. It appears as nothing more than a titillating story designed to shock in a supposedly poetic way. It leaves you feeling as though you need to shower after reading it. "
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    #11In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is the story of a murder, and the investigation that leads to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. This book transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

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    Rakesh Venkatesan
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The best 20th century American reading list includes "In Cold Blood", which is the story of a murder and the investigation that leads to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. Boasting an average customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 1,840 Amazon customer reviews, I would strongly recommend this book."
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    #12Invisible Man

    Invisible Man

    This book narrates the life of a nameless black man living in the US, how hard it was for him to grow up in a racist town in the South, and how he eventually became leader of the community in New York.


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    #13Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain
    Cold Mountain is a book by Charles Frazier that tells the story of Inman, a soldier who will come back to his home in the Blueridge mountains and to his most loved woman Ada.  

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    Kelly Chapman
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a very hard read. The book features a wounded solider trekking on foot to his true love Ada. it explores his fear and inner feelings during these war torn Civil War era novel. It is very intricate with details and sometimes loses itself in little details that distract. all in all it;s a slow read and tough but worth it."
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    #14The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.


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    Diana Burke
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a good solution since this is a classic american novel that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime "
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    #15A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer-winning play about Blanche DuBois and her attempt to have a normal life while living with her sister Stella and her abusive husband Stanley Kowalski.                                                     


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    Amit Mittal
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "While a great and iconic play I was looking more for book to read."
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    #16My Antonia

    My Antonia

    My Antonia is a historical classic fiction written by Willa Carther. This novel is the third book in Cather's Great Plains Trilogy. First published in 1918 by Virago Modern Classics, this book is republished in 2006 by Virago.


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    Daniel Ortega
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I always enjoy historical fiction and My Antonia was a great read. This book is now 100 years old and I still feel it contains an unforgettable story and should be at the top of everyone's reading list."


Best What are the best 20th century American reading list
1The Great GatsbyBooks 48 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 45 Paid
3My Father Bleeds History (Maus)Books 42 Paid
4Something Wicked This Way ComesBooks 38 Paid
5Prodigal SummerBooks 34 Paid
6The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)Books 31 Paid
7The Souls of Black FolkBooks 24 Paid
8Fahrenheit 451Books 22 Paid
9Saving Fish from DrowningBooks 20 Paid
10LolitaBooks 16 Paid

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