What are the best books featuring America?

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    #1To 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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    Gregory Chapman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I was born in America, but I have many more reasons than that for why I believe America is the greatest country in the world. As a result, I always am very interested in reading American Literature, and books that feature the American continent. To Kill a Mockingbird, is an iconic American story about how deep seating racism and prejudice ruled and the efforts man many took to rise above it. "
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    #2The 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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    #3A Confederacy of Dunces

    A Confederacy of Dunces
    A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece by John Kennedy Toole's, The hero, Ignatius J. Reilly is a huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, latter-day Gargantua, and Don Quixote of the French Quarter.
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    Nancy Vasquez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is not a good solution because this book does not take place in America "
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    #4On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 
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    Rakesh Jhadav
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book sounds very promising. It sounds like it has a lot to offer and the fact that it's in autobiography is pretty cool. You know that the author has done the things in here at least per claim. The book title itself could be a little bit more interesting to draw attention a little bit better"
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    #5Magic America

    Magic America

    Magic America: Coming of Age in an Altered State is a magical realism book for young adults written by C.E. Medford. It is a coming-of-age story set in Trenton, New Jersey in the 1980s, but in an alternate universe.

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    Samantha Gonzalez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I chose this book as one of the choices for a unit about the American Dream for my high school students. I was pleasantly surprised when a boy who kept telling me he did not like to read, or talk in class for that matter, explained to the entire class that he had no idea a book like this existed. He was able to explain the plot, the characters, and recommend it to fellow students. I'm thrilled that C.E. Medford wrote this book. I enjoyed it, and cannot describe how much I enjoyed the discussion with my one particular student who finally found the right book! "
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    #6Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.
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    Susan Patterson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is about a couple of Americans in the Great Depression. It's not so much a book about America though."
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    #7The 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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    Linda Hernandez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Great political and social commentary focused around 2 boys as an all-American tale of a friendship. It is disguised as a much more sophisticated read that can be enjoyed for ages to come. "
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    #8The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.
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    Jason Lucas
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I recently had a class in American literature and was tasked with reading the "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Now, I've heard a lot of good things about this book prior to reading it as it is considered an American classic but I wasn't convinced and I felt a little intimidated almost. However, after reading it, I can honestly say that the praise this book gets is well placed and definitely earned. I feel that all Americans owe it to themselves to read this amazing classic. The only problem here is that the language is a bit tricky to get through at times, especially if you don't have a lot of experience with older literature. Even if you have issues with the language, I encourage you to stick with it as you'll really be in for a treat by the end of it."
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    #9Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove
    Lonesome Dove is the winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. Set in the American West during the late 19th century, it follows the story of retired Texas Rangers as they herd cattle from Texas to Montana.
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    Melissa Kim
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I am a huge fan of the American West. By far one of the greatest books on this period is Lonesome Dove. It paints a perfect picture of the men and dangers of the time. I highly recommend it to fans of cowboys and cattle drives. "
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    #10As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner tells the story of Addie Bundren and her family and her wish to be buried in Mississippi, her hometown. This novel is narrated in the perspectives of many characters including when Addie is still alive. 

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    Julie Day
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Not an uplifting, warm story by any means but this book is still worth the read. If anything this book should be read to experience the writers almost poetic way of writing. "
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    #11The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    One of Mark Twain's most beloved and respected novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer presents a tale of two young boys, their antics and adventures in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri.

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    Russell Peters
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a literary classic and an early entry in American literature. Now it is an important part of our history and captures the time. The story itself is both entertaining and well written. The message is important and stand up well over time. Great reading."
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    #12Leaves 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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    Marie Phillips
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Nice book I can enjoy reading."
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    #13Native Son

    Native Son

    Native Son is an African American historical fiction book written by Richard Wright. This classic book is first published in 1940 and reproduced by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 

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    Philip Butler
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Native Son is an absolutely gripping story. You can't help but put yourself in the shoes of Thomas and and try to feel his anguish. It's an incredibly powerful tale that is told exceptionally well. I highly recommend this book."
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    #14In 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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    #15Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson is a cult classic of gonzo journalism. It chronicles a drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times of a road trip that went down in the annals of American pop culture.

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    Luis Alberto Madrigal
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This a classic book that I think all should read. It is a great book that explores and attempts to understand the American Drug Culture in the late 20th Century."
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    #16The 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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    Catherine Austin
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I could tell it was a classic after reading it for only a few minutes! The book forces you to think about scenarios that you might not have known about earlier in American history, and really feel the emotions."
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    #17Swimming Across the Hudson

    Swimming Across the Hudson
    Swimming Across the Hudson is a family-themed fiction book written by Joshua Henkin that was published on April 14, 1997 by Putnam Adult. It follows the story of Ben Suskind and his struggle to finding his biological mother.
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    Helen Edwards
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The cover is very well made, i like it, the story is interesting and has many good points. Recommend this book to anyone, has good reviews and the price is fair. "
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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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    Nicole Burke
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I do suppose you could consider this book as featuring America. It does deal with one of the Staples of our upbringing. The plantations in the colonies."
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    #19The Edge of Winter

    The Edge of Winter

    The Edge of Winter is a romantic novel written by Luanne Rice  The Edge of Winter was published on February 20, 2007 by Bantam. It was originally published on January 1, 2007.

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    Debra Torres
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I was hoping to find out more about America by reading about the cultures and landscapes that authors put in their books. The Edge of Winter gave a perfect picture of what it would be like to live in Rhode Island. I hope to find more books like this that feature America, this one was a definite keeper!"

Summary

Best What are the best books featuring America
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 43 Paid
2The Great GatsbyBooks 39 Paid
3A Confederacy of DuncesBooks 38 Paid
4On the RoadBooks 34 Paid
5Magic AmericaBooks 33 Paid
6Of Mice and MenBooks 31 Paid
7The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 29 Free
8The Scarlet LetterBooks 27 Paid
9Lonesome DoveBooks 26 Paid
10As I Lay DyingBooks 23 Paid
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