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Gold 11th Grade English: Book Lists by Topic

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The American Dream

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • American Street by Ibi Zobo
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Dear Martin Nic Stone
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy



Revolution and Rebellion

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  • Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • March by John Lewis
  • The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • The Uglies by Scott Westerley
  • Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  • Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick

Power/Class/Ambition

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  • Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Imperium by Robert Harris
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • March by John Lewis
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? by Patricia C. McKissack & Fredrick McKissack
  • The Uglies by Scott Westerley
  • Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

Immigrant Experience

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel (A Graphic Novel) by Anya Ulinich
  • Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • What is the What by Dave Eggers