Paula by Isabel Allende
A book about a mother's love and the torment of losing a child to a fatal disease.
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
A book about three brave sisters who defied a dictator and were brutally murdered.
T. Rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter Alvarez
A book about the cause of the mass extinction of every first grader's favorite dinosaur.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
A very good account of the Lewis and Clark expedition that reads like a novel.
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
A book about a little boy coming of age in his native New Mexico.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
A painfully poetic book about Maya Angelou's girlhood and early teens in the segregated south, Saint Louis and San Francisco.
Art Attack: A Short Cultural History of the Avant-Garde by Marc Aronson
Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Growing Up by Russell Baker
Waiting for Godot: A tragicomedy in two acts by Samuel Beckett
West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Silent Spring by Rachel Louise Carson
The Mousetrap and Other Plays by Agatha Christie
House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam by Bernard Edelman
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
The Rattle Bag by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, editors
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Hiroshima by John Hersey
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco
Say It Loud! The Story of Rap Music by K. Maurice Jones
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason
Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane
Shizuko's Daughter by Kyoko Mori
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Native Son by Richard Wright