What are the best books by American authors?

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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    Mark Taylor
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book will have you riding an emotional roller coaster. Between laughing and all of a sudden seeing a shock that will send you into a spin. This book will have you engaged the whole time. A classic with a so much soul left into it. Read this. Must read!"
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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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    Moisés Salinas
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "To Kill A Mockingbird is a great book. But the best book by an American author is Hyperion by Dan Simmons."
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    #3Leaves of Grass

    Leaves of Grass
    Walt Whitman is one of the most influential writers and poets of the 19th century. Leaves of Grass contains all his best poems and an outline of events significant to his life and work. Whitman is famous for his O Captain! My Captain!. 

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    Amy McCoy
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I would be hard pressed to name my favorite American author. Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" has been a long standing favorite of mine but Walt Whitman would also be near the top of the list. his poems are well written and thought provoking. "
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    #4The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Jose Cunningham
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye remains one of the best known and widely read books of all time. Holden Caulfield, as the main character of a 16 year old boy faced with being expelled from a private school and going home to his parents wanders New York. He is , depressed, lonely, and nearly suicidal. In his journey he has numerous encounters with a variety of characters. "
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    #5The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.

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    Kimberly Collins
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I found this to be a very powerful story and both male and female friends of mine think this is a classic and if it wasn't for the detailed abuse in the book, should be a required reading assignment in high school or college. After reading the book, I watched the movie and I was upset that so many parts were omitted from it, so I encourage all to read this book instead."
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    #6In 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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    Judy Silva
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Great true crime book! One of my favorites."
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    #7Fahrenheit 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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    Amanda Larson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a great choice for books by american authors. It's a classic of it's time, and well regarded literature. It's often taught in high schools, and has a very deep meaning in american culture."
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    #8The 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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    Tammy Morris
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I actually wish this book was much longer because it tells such a great story. This story also has description of people and places that just make them come to life and make one feel like they are a part of the story. This story is much more than a simple romance story, it also delves into how one thinks about the American Dream and life in general."
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    #9The 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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    Mary Rios
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book has a great story behind it, the author does a good job describing everything in the book. The cover looks old but i like it, i enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to everyone. "
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    #10The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Rosalba Reyna
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I have been rereading best books by American authors and I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed rereading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Now as an adult I am getting so much more our of this book. I truly see the genius in Mark Twain and I appreciate his style and the themes in his book. It is a very important part of our history and an important book so that we don't forget the way things were in the past. "
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    #11The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson contains all the literary works of Dickinson that were overlooked during her lifetime. Her poetry focuses on tragic visions and a wide range of emotional and deep intellectual wonderings.


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    Lidia Monroy
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This poems are a masterpiece, is recommend reading them carefully and i am sure that it will be a very qualitative time reading them and keeping some of them in memory, because they are very special poems you can to tell other people. "
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    #12The Children of Jonestown

    The Children of Jonestown

    The Children of Jonestown is a historical non-fiction book written by Kenneth Wooden. The Children of Jonestown was published on October 1, 1980 by McGraw-Hill Companies. 


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    Billy Bryant
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I was obsessed with the Jonestown massacre when I was a teen and watched documentaries on it a lot. I love this book, it gave me more details on the whole thing."
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    #13The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart is a book containing poems and short stories written by literary icon Edgar Allan Poe. It was released in February 1983. It includes the title story Tell-Tale Heart, the Murders in the Rue Morgue and William Wilson.


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    Arthur Peters
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Imagine that you are working for someone. Working for some one that has something that vexed you. What if the thing that vexed you, drove you into doing something crazy? Mentally crazy, that is if you can stand the pressure. Well, that's what happened to a man in the story of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. This story is about a man that takes care of / works for an older man. The old man's eye is like a vultures eye, and the eye vexes the other man. The eye drives the other man so crazy that it urges him to attack the old man in the middle of the night. The story takes place in the old man's house. The old man's house is very old and creaky, at least that's how I have pictured it in the last thousand times that I have read this story. The characters are the old man and the man that gets vexed by the old man's eye. The old man has an eye like a vulture, a pale blue eye with a film over it. The other guy is a mad man. He denies it though. The theme is basically horror. It's not exactly scary, it's scary and thrilling. If you like books that are thrilling and sort of scary or sort of give you the spooks; if you like murder stories; if you like stories that are sort of abnormal, then you will want to check out The Tell-Tale Heart."
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    Philadelphia: A 300-Year History is a comprehensive history book written by the Barra Foundation. It was originally published on October 17, 1982. It is about the history of one of America's founding cities.


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    Zachary Duncan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Philadelphia is a tremeandous history book. Such a wealth of information about our National history and how thing unfolded in the city in Philadelphia. I gained a ton of appreciation for the city of brotherly love. Very good read and interesting."
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    #15Three Little Words: A Memoir

    Three Little Words: A Memoir

    Three Little Words is a memoir written by Ashley Rhodes-Courter wherein she shares her childhood life spending nine years in fourteen different foster homes as her mother does not care about her. 


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    Jane Franklin
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Ashley Rhodes-Courter's pastoral memoirs are bittersweet. On the one hand, we long for day's gone by. On the other, we remember how difficult those times were."
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    #16The Strange Career of Jim Crow

    The Strange Career of Jim Crow

    The Strange Career of Jim Crow is a nonfiction book written by C. Vann Woodward which gives a clear analysis of the history of Jim Crow laws, and presents evidence that the segregation of two races in the 1890s had not been divided. 


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    Wayne Carpenter
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Strange Career of Jim Crow was an interesting look at the Jim Crow laws back then. However, I wouldn't rate it as one of the best books by an American author. I probably would read some American fiction book that would better represent American talent."
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    #17A Short History of Reconstruction

    A Short History of Reconstruction

    A Short History of Reconstruction is a nonfiction history book written by Eric Foner which is the conclusive study of the aftermath of the Civil War. This has won awards such as the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize and more. 


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    Michelle Howard
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a book by an American author, but it is not a interesting read. The book is a typical book about American history. Another book should be featured from a different genre from an American author. "
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    #18Those Across the River

    Those Across the River

    Those Across the River is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Christopher Buehlman which centers on married couple Frank Nichols and his wife Eudora who have arrived in the town of Whitbrow in Georgia. 


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    Bryan Daniels
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "When one thinks of the great American novel, thoughts of Hemingway, McCarthy and Baldwin come to mind. However this little gem, Those Across the River, deserves a place among the greats, with its simple storyline but deep characters and themes. It's a haunting masterpiece, beautifully written and structured, that will live with you for years after reading. "
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    #19Echoes from Idaho's Snake River Valley

    Echoes from Idaho's Snake River Valley

    Echoes from Idaho's Snake River Valley is the second autobiography book written by Ruth Butler, published on October 21, 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 


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    Charles Foster
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Growing up in the west in the 1940s was tough but exciting. Ruth Butler paints a captivating picture of her childhood and early life in this book. The book is steeped in its sense of place, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. This account is interesting but might not be for everyone. The sense of what is was like living during the WWII times is a little light on detail. Still, excellent reading."
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    #20Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880

    Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880

    Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 is a non-fiction book written by W.E.B. Du Bois which is the introduction into the study of the role of Black Americans during the reconstruction after the Civil War. 


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    Brittany Sanders
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I think this is a interesting book. I love history!"
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    #21Understanding Jonestown and People's Temple

    Understanding Jonestown and People's Temple

    Understanding Jonestown and People's Temple is a historical non-fiction book written by Rebecca Moore. Understanding Jonestown and People's Temple was published on March 1, 2009 by Praeger.


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    Jacob Stewart
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Unfortunately this book was a huge miss for me at the end of the day. I couldn't get my teeth sunk into it and likewise, I simply failed to keep myself interested. However, if you happen to love what the subject is or think it's intriguing then maybe you'll have better luck than I."
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    #22Casanova in Bohemia

    Casanova in Bohemia

    Casanova in Bohemia is a historical fiction book written by Andrei Codrescu. This historical fiction was published on March 5, 2002 by Free Press. This book tells Casanova's adventurous life and erotic times.


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    Robert Harper
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I found this a rousing story from beginning to end. It's set in the Renaissance period of Europe. I don't want to spoil the plot but trust me when I say it is good. "
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    #23Suicide Casanova

    Suicide Casanova
    Suicide Casanova is a fictional novel written by Arthur Nersesian. This fictional book was published on January 1, 2004 by Akashic Books. Suicide Casanova was first published in 2002.

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    George Carlson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Suicide Casanova is a great fictional book that keeps you stuck on reading it from the first chapter to the last one.it made me very emotional involved when i was reading it"


Best What are the best books by American authors
1Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 39 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 36 Paid
3Leaves of GrassBooks 32 Paid
4The Catcher in the RyeBooks 29 Paid
5The Color PurpleBooks 26 Paid
6In Cold BloodBooks 25 Paid
7Fahrenheit 451Books 23 Paid
8The Great GatsbyBooks 19 Paid
9The Grapes of WrathBooks 17 Paid
10The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 16 Free

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