Native Son by Richard Wright is a powerful novel that explores the life of Bigger Thomas, a young African American man living in 1930s Chicago, and the consequences of his actions.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers is a novel that explores the lives of several individuals in a small southern town who are all searching for connection and understanding.
“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett is a powerful novel set in 1960s Mississippi, exploring the lives of African American maids and their relationships with white families.
“Light in August” by William Faulkner explores themes of race, identity, and morality through the intersecting lives of characters in a small Southern town.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor tells the story of a young African American girl named Cassie and her family’s struggles against racism in the 1930s Mississippi.
“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison follows the journey of an unnamed African American man as he navigates racial prejudice, identity, and the complexities of society in 20th-century America.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a coming-of-age novel that follows two rival gangs, the Greasers and the Socs, and explores themes of class, friendship, and identity.
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster is a novel set in colonial India that explores the complex relationships between the British and Indians, highlighting themes of racism, cultural misunderstanding, and the clash of civilizations.
Silas Marner is a tale of a lonely weaver who finds solace in his hoarded gold, until a stolen child brings warmth and love back into his life.
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott is a historical novel set in 12th century England, following the adventures of the noble knight Ivanhoe as he fights for justice and love.