Recommended Reading:

"I have always enjoyed reading, and want to share some good writing with you. As a literature instructor, I encourage and require my students to read. Please join us. Here are some recommendations." - - Terri Dawn Arnold, M.Ed., M.A.

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"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." --Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

After All by Mary Tyler Moore

Amen All By Myself! by Sherwood Carthen

Angels Along the Way by Della Reese

Apples of Gold compiled by Jo Petty

The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells

The Be (Happy) Attitudes by Robert H. Schuller

The Bear by Anton Chekhov

Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke

Callus On My Soul by Dick Gregory

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury - Holiday Stories to Warm the Heart

Collected (Short) Stories of Charles W. Chesnutt

Coming of Age in Mississippi (autobiography) by Anne Moody

The Conquest by Oscar Micheaux

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Diary of Anne Frank

Dust Tracks on the Road by Zora Neale Hurston

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Growing Pains - 10 Short Stories About Growing Up by Terri Dawn Arnold

Hamlet, the Tragedy of by William Shakespeare

The Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV)

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Julius Caesar, the Tragedy of by William Shakespeare

Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

The Klone and I by Danielle Steel

Loving God With All My Mind by Julie Ackerman Link

Macbeth, the Tragedy of by William Shakespeare

Mama by Terry McMillan

The Man She Thought She Knew by Shari Shattuck

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Night by Elie Wiesel

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

One For the Money by Janet Evanovich

Othello, the Tragedy of by William Shakespeare

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Rich Woman by Kim Kiyosaki

Romeo & Juliet, the Tragedy of by William Shakespeare

The Story Foreword by Max Lucado & Randy Frazee

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Touched by an Angel by Martha Williamson and Robin Sheets

Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do! by Robert H. Schuller

The True Story of Cassius Clay: Kentucky Lion by Richard Kiel and Pamela Wallace

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Short Stories:

America and I by Anzia Yezierska

Armistice by Bernard Malamud

Brigid by Mary Lavin

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

Charles by Shirley Jackson

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Everyday Use by Alice Walker

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Grandfather by Gary Soto

Hostage by Joyce Carol Oates

In the American Society by Gish Jen

Initiation by Sylvia Plath

Lalla by Rosamunde Pilcher

The Leap by Louise Erdrich

The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Flannery O'Connor

Love Must Not Be Forgotten by Zhang Jie

The Man to Send Rain Clouds by Leslie Marmon Silko

The Man Who Was Almost a Man by Richard Wright

Marriage Is a Private Affair by Chinua Achebe

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

No Witchcraft for Sale by Doris Lessing

The Opportunity by John Cheever

The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury

The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst

Searching for Summer by Joan Aiken

Seventeen Syllables by Hisaye Yamamoto

The Son from America by Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Story-Teller by Saki (H.H. Munro)

Sweet Potato Pie by Eugenia Collier

Teenage Wasteland by Anne Tyler

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Thank You, M'am by Langston Hughes

Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Witness For the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"So far as I am concerned, poetry and every other art was and is and forever will be strictly and distinctly a question of individuality."
- - E.E. Cummings, American poet

Recommended Poets:

Julia Alvarez

James Baldwin

Anne Bradstreet

Gwendolyn Brooks

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Robert Browning

Lord George Gordon Byron

Sandra Cisneros

E.E. Cummings

Emily Dickinson

John Donne

Rita Dove

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Robert Frost

Nikki Giovanni

Francis Ellen Watkins Harper

Robert Hayden

Garrett Hongo

Langston Hughes

Juan Ramon Jimenez

Ben Jonson

D.H. Lawrence

John Milton

Pat Mora

Naomi Shihab Nye

Mary Oliver

Octavio Paz

Sylvia Plath

Edgar Allan Poe

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Carl Sandburg

William Shakespeare (sonnets)

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Cathy Song

Edmund Spenser

Phillis Wheatley

Walt Whitman

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