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Publication Date: 1998-09-29
Sethe, an escaped slave living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter and mother-in-law, is haunted persistently by the ghost of the dead baby girl whom she sacrificed.
Bless Me, Ultima by
Publication Date: 1994-04-01
From "one of the nation's foremost Chicano literary artists" comes a coming-of-age classic and the bestselling Chicano novel of all time that follows a young boy as he questions his faith and beliefs.
The Color Purple by
Publication Date: 2003-05-28
This is the story of two sisters--one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South--who sustain their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance, and silence.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by
Publication Date: 2004-05-18
A bestselling modern classic--both poignant and funny--about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.
A Gathering of Old Men by
Publication Date: 1992-06-30
A powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man--set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s.
The House of the Spirits by
Publication Date: 2005-04-19
In a triumph of magic realism, Allende constructs a spirit-ridden world and fills it with colorful and all-too-human inhabitants.
Invisible Man by
Publication Date: 1994-06-14
The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood," and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
The Kite Runner by
Publication Date: 2003-06-02
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction.
A Lesson Before Dying by
Publication Date: 1997-09-29
A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.
Native Son (Abridged) by
Publication Date: 2003-09-30
Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.
So Far from the Bamboo Grove by
Publication Date: 1994-04-01
The author recalls the harrowing close of World War II, when she was separated from her brother, Hideyo, and forced, along with her mother and older sister, to flee Korea for Japan.
Song of Solomon by
Publication Date: 1987-09-01
Tells the story of the descendants of Macon Dead, a one time slave who carved a bountiful living out of the Pennsylvania forest, only to be executed by an envious white farmer.