The ‘Reading Across the Pond’ Bookshelf

Our in-house reading group ‘Reading Across the Pond’ has met monthly for the past 4 years to discuss important works of American fiction. To be fair, a few non-fiction titles have found their way in: and there was even one very unorthodox poetry night. Many titles have been divisive, and others have been clear hits or misses. Here’s the archive as it stands today…..

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Selected novels by Edith Wharton
Great House by Nicole Krauss
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
The Visible World by Mark Slouka
The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

….can you suggest more titles for the group? They show no signs of slowing!

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