After five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse in Virginia with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti last year, a judge handed down an unusual sentence. She endorsed a prosecutor's order that they read one book each month for the next 12 months and write a report about it.
But not just any books: They must address some of history's most divisive and tragic periods... (from the New York Times, Feb. 9, 2017)
A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize * Winner of the National Book Award
Published to unprecedented acclaim, The Color Purple established Alice Walker as a major voice in modern fiction.Email or call for current price informationISBN: 9780060929800Availability: Special OrderPublished: Harper Perennial - December 2003
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.$8.99ISBN: 9780553258479Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Bantam - October 1983
“Passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to Palestine, and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel.”—The New York Times$8.99ISBN: 9780553241600Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Bantam - November 1983
From the brilliant storyteller who gave us Exodus, QB VII, The Haj, and Mitla Pass$8.99ISBN: 9780060827885Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Avon - July 25th, 2006
Leon Uris’s beloved Irish classic, available in Avon mass market.$15.95ISBN: 9781400031047Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Anchor - March 11th, 2003
“A novel of finely articulated tragic power. . . . Little short of a work of genius.”—The New York Times Book Review$16.00ISBN: 9780449911549Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Ballantine Books - August 27th, 1996
“Anyone who finds it is finding a jewel. Its themes are profound and universal.”—The Wall Street Journal$16.00ISBN: 9780743297332Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Scribner - October 17th, 2006
The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style.
A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley.$9.95ISBN: 9780374500016Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Hill and Wang - January 16th, 2006
A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel$15.00ISBN: 9780142437339Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Penguin Classics - March 25th, 2003
A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community
A Penguin Classic
$16.00ISBN: 9781594631931Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013
The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.
$16.00ISBN: 9781594483851Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Riverhead Books - November 25th, 2008
Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.$13.00ISBN: 9780385474542Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Penguin Books - September 1994
“A true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.” —Barack Obama
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read$15.95ISBN: 9780385490818Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Anchor - March 16th, 1998
#1 New York Times bestseller • Includes an introduction by Margaret Atwood.
An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss.
Email or call for current price informationISBN: 9780446310789Availability: Hard to Find - Please call for more informationPublished: Grand Central Publishing - October 11th, 1988
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.$7.99ISBN: 9780345514400Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
$16.00ISBN: 9781400052189Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011
Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER$16.00ISBN: 9780143121077Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2012
A bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the author of The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.$17.00ISBN: 9780140238280Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Penguin Books - September 1996
T.C. Boyle’s “compelling” (The Chicago Tribune) novel about assimilation and the price of the American dream$14.95ISBN: 9780307278449Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Vintage - May 8th, 2007
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.$18.00ISBN: 9780767901260Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Broadway Books - May 4th, 1999
The inspiring, true coming-of-age story of a ferociously determined young man who, armed only with his intellect and his willpower, fights his way out of despair.$15.95ISBN: 9780679781424Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Vintage - November 25th, 1997
Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking America; a dark-skinned morenito in a family that refused to acknowledge its African blood.$16.99ISBN: 9780061130243Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - March 27th, 2007
Richard Wright's powerful and eloquent memoir of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South—at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment, Black Boy is a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.$16.00ISBN: 9780385527460Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Spiegel & Grau - January 6th, 2009
An exceptional father-son story from the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us.$17.00ISBN: 9780143039884Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Penguin Classics - September 22nd, 2006
The controversial journalistic analysis of the mentality that fostered the Holocaust, from the author of The Origins of Totalitarianism
$26.95ISBN: 9780385542364Availability: Backordered - Please CallPublished: Doubleday - August 2nd, 2016
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South$20.00ISBN: 9780812979305Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 4th, 2008
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; some had spent time in jail.$18.99ISBN: 9780465068364Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Basic Books - January 10th, 2012The New York Times bestselling account of one of history's most brutal -- and forgotten -- massacres, when the Japanese army destroyed China's capital city on the eve of World War II
$17.00ISBN: 9780743289696Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Atria Books - April 2008
One of today's most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened that she would be next. She made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and resigned from the Dutch Parliament.$17.00ISBN: 9780812982626Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times bestselling novel of North Korea: an epic journey into the heart of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship.
“Imagine Charles Dickens paying a visit to Pyongyang, and you see the canvas on which [Adam] Johnson is painting here.”—The Washington Post$16.00ISBN: 9780425232200Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011
The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.$17.00ISBN: 9780743262170Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Scribner - November 2003
An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948. Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.
Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear.Email or call for current price informationISBN: 9780684818955Availability: Hard to Find - Please call for more informationPublished: Scribner Book Company - January 3rd, 1996
From the author of Cry, The Beloved Country comes a powerful novel of terror and remorse "written in exquisitely balanced prose" (Chicago Sun-Times) about a white policeman who has an affair with a native girl in South Africa.$13.99ISBN: 9780061138638Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 19th, 2006
As startling and powerful as when first published more than two decades ago, André Brink's classic novel, A Dry White Season, is an unflinching and unforgettable look at racial intolerance, the human condition, and the heavy price of morality.$17.00ISBN: 9780385495653Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Anchor - May 7th, 2002
“The greatest World War II story never told” (Esquire)—an enthralling account of the heroic mission to rescue the last survivors of the Bataan Death March.