The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury —
A haunting collection of short stories that chronicles
humankind’s colonization of Mars.
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov — A brilliant
robot psychologist’s life is bound up with the
history of the robots from their beginnings as the speechless
victims of humans to a different conclusion.
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee
Williams — Tells about unrequited love, the seamy
side of sexuality, the bitter side of aging and omnipresent
reminders of mortality.
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk — A
novel that championed conservative morals such as valor,
chivalry, patriotism and loyalty.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger —
The account of three disoriented days in the life of
a troubled 16-year-old boy.
The Grass Harp by Truman Capote — The
story of three endearing misfits.
Giant by Edna Ferber — Steers us through
the whole complexity of west Texas life.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck — A novel
that tells the stories of three generations of families
and focuses on the theme of good against evil.
The Bridges of Toko Ri by James Michener —
A World War II hero, enjoying the civilian life with
his family, is called back to war in Korea.
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury —
A novel that anticipated many of the issues that were
to divide American culture during the 1960s.
Laughing to Keep From Crying by Langston Hughes
— examines how humor is used in black culture
as a source of expression and healing.
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
— A classic that brings Harlem and the black experience
vividly to life.