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Seattle Picks: American Classics

A Death in the Family
A Death in the Family By Agee, James (Book - 2008 ) FIC AGEE 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 11 copies
A Death in the Family
A Death in the Family By Agee, James (Book - 1998 ) FIC AGEE 1998 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This deeply poignant yet unsentimental account of what happens to his wife and six-year-old son when Jay Follet fails to return from a late night drive, won the Pulitzer Prize upon its posthumous publication.

My Antonia
My Antonia By Cather, Willa (Book - 1996 ) FIC CATHER 1996 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 10 copies

Annotation:Antonia, the spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family, is determined to tame the Nebraska farmland in this poignant tale set in the late 19th century.

The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans A Narrative of 1757 By Cooper, James Fenimore (Book - 1983 ) FIC COOPER 1983 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this sweeping 1826 adventure, Natty Bumpo prefers the honorable code of the Indians to the degraded behavior of his white fellows during the French and Indian War.

The Red Badge of Courage
The Red Badge of Courage By Crane, Stephen (Book - 1983 ) FIC CRANE Available in some locations

Annotation:Young Henry Fleming joins the Union Army to seek glory and fight the rebels, and winds up searching for courage and battling his own rebellious conscience as it recoils at the horrors of war.

An American Tragedy
An American Tragedy By Dreiser, Theodore (Book - 2003 ) FIC DREISER 2003 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:Ambitious young Midwesterner Clyde Griffiths grabs for the golden ring, but his reach exceeds his grasp and his American dream becomes a nightmare of murder and depravity.

Invisible Man
Invisible Man By Ellison, Ralph (Book - 1994 ) FIC ELLISON Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 15 copies

Annotation:During the 1950's a young nameless black man finds himself rendered invisible as he moves through levels of American intolerance.

Light in August
Light in August The Corrected Text By Faulkner, William (Book - 1990 ) FIC FAULKNE Available in some locations

Annotation:This is the intense and lyrical story of Lena Grove, a force of nature looking for the man who got her with child, and Joe Christmas, a lost man seeking the dreaded secret of his own racial identity.

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby By Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Book - 1995 ) FIC FITZGER 1995 Available in some locations

Annotation:At the height of the Jazz Age, Jay Gatsby pulls himself up by the bootstraps to achieve the kind of idyllic life that only money can buy, all for the love of Daisy Buchanan, who is not for sale.

So Big
So Big By Ferber, Edna (Book - 2000 ) FIC FERBER 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:The daughter of a Chicago gambler, Selina Peake DeJong struggles to make a living for herself and her only child, "sobig," in this inspiring story of a journey through life.

The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises By Hemingway, Ernest (Book - 1996 ) FIC HEMINGW All copies in use Availability details Holds: 10 on 6 copies

Annotation:Sultry temptress Lady Brett Ashley, her drunk fiancé, and smitten war veteran Jake Barnes, are among a group of expatriates who leave Paris to see the bullfights of Pamplona, Spain in the 1920's.

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God By Hurston, Zora Neale (Book - 2006 ) FIC HURSTON 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 32 copies

Annotation:Janie Crawford, a sassy and self-confident African American woman of the 1930's, lives life on her own terms and goes through three marriages, one murder trial and more joy and pain than many who judge her.

On the Road
On the Road By Kerouac, Jack (Book - 1976 ) FIC KEROUAC All copies in use Availability details Holds: 11 on 16 copies

Annotation:In this groundbreaking novel, a group of Ivy League-educated young men break off from the mainstream, hitchhiking across 1950s' America in a mad bohemian adventure of irreverent revelry.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest By Kesey, Ken (Book - 2003 ) FIC KESEY 2003 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 16 copies

Annotation:Chief Broom, a deaf-mute Indian kept in an Oregon mental hospital, tells the story of Randle McMurphy's battle of wills with the sadistic Big Nurse Ratched, a struggle between two varieties of madness.

To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird By Lee, Harper (Book - 2010 ) FIC LEE 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 39 copies

Annotation:A 1930's Southern town grapples with issues of race and justice in this story told from the eyes of Scout, a precocious tomboy whose lawyer father is defending a black man accused of rape.

Elmer Gantry
Elmer Gantry By Lewis, Sinclair (Book - 2007 ) FIC LEWIS 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:A scandal upon publication in 1927, this biting social satire about a freewheeling evangelical preacher who preys upon his own flock was also that year’s bestselling book.

The Call of the Wild
The Call of the Wild And, White Fang By London, Jack (Book - 2004 ) J LONDON Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

Annotation:In this adventure set in the Klondike Gold Rush, White Fang, a dog-wolf mix, has only experienced great cruelty from man and nature until he meets a master who shows him the great law of men and beasts.

Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale
Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale By Melville, Herman (Book - 2003 ) FIC MELVILL 2003 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Fanatic Captain Ahab forces the whaling vessel Pequod and its crew to join his obsessive and vengeful search for the elusive Moby Dick, a ghastly leviathan that stole his leg and haunts his dreams.

Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Cancer By Miller, Henry (Book - 1987 ) FIC MILLER All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 5 copies

Annotation:This notorious and revolutionary novel is so raw, unabashed and unsparing in its depiction of the bohemian underworld of 1930's Paris that it was banned in the U.S. for 30 years.

The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer By Percy, Walker (Book - 1998 ) FIC PERCY 1998 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 15 copies

Annotation:Thirty-year-old Binx Bolling is a dapper Bourbon Street man who spends his time carousing with secretaries and going to movies in this wry and romantic classic of one man's search for meaning.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination By Poe, Edgar Allan (Book - 1993 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Poe's dark and twisted tales have quickened the pulse and provoked nightmares for more than a century. Thrill and chill to macabre classics like The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart.

The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye By Salinger, J. D. (Book - 1991 ) YA SALINGE Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 68 copies

Annotation:Spend a few days playing hooky in the City with Holden Caulfield, a wry and skeptical sixteen-year-old who can't quite get used to the crummy fact that growing up means becoming a complete and total phony.

The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath By Steinbeck, John (Book - 2006 ) FIC STEINBE 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 27 copies

Annotation:The Joads, Oklahoma tenant farmers whose farm has blown away, struggle westward towards the promised land of California on a road freighted with human misery and the imperishable will to survive.

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Stowe, Harriet Beecher (Book - 1995 ) FIC STOWE 1995 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:This wildly popular novel that helped bring about the Abolition of slavery and the Civil War depicts the plight of Eliza, fleeing North with her son, and Tom, sold down the river to die in shameful fetters

The Magnificent Ambersons
The Magnificent Ambersons By Tarkington, Booth (Book - 1998 ) FIC TARKING 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:The declining fortunes of the lordly Ambersons are personified in their spoiled and haughty heir Georgie, who squanders away the family fortune while the new lords of industry ascend the social ladder.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Twain, Mark (Book - 2003 ) FIC TWAIN All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Float down the Mississippi River with Huck and runaway slave Jim in this free-wheeling odyssey, part coming-of-age adventure and part sly satire of the senselessness of slavery.

Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade
Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade A Duty-dance With Death By Vonnegut, Kurt (Book - 1994 ) FIC VONNEGU 1994 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:While on exhibit on the planet of Tralfamadore, Billy Pilgrim, American soldier and witness to the bombing of Dresden, revisits his memories of the past and the horrors of war.

The Optimist's Daughter
The Optimist's Daughter By Welty, Eudora (Book - 1990 ) FIC WELTY 1990 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 9 copies

Annotation:When her father dies, Laurel returns to her childhood home and begins an introspective pilgrimage to the source of her identity and grace.

Miss Lonelyhearts ; &, The Day of the Locust
Miss Lonelyhearts ; &, The Day of the Locust By West, Nathanael (Book - 1969 ) FIC WEST Available in some locations

Annotation:In this brilliant short novel, an advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist tragically descends into madness as he empathizes with his readers' suffering.

The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence By Wharton, Edith (Book - 1996 ) FIC WHARTON 1996 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:In this sparkling social novel set in the stiff upper crust of 19th-century New York, Newland Archer is distracted from his proper fiancée May by her mysterious and vivacious cousin, the Countess Olenska.

Native Son
Native Son By Wright, Richard (Book - 2005 ) FIC WRIGHT 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Dehumanized by white society, Bigger Thomas, a young black man in 1940s Chicago, accidentally kills the daughter of his white employer and veers into a rebellious, self-destructive spiral.

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