Americana Books.

It’s the fourth of July here in America, which means we’re celebrating our Independence Day. Fireworks, sparklers, and picnics and barbecues are typically the norm around here. My family never did anything big, just relaxed around the house and then in the evening my dad would pull out the grill and cook hot dogs and hamburgers.

With that being said, here are a list of books that are set in America. Some of these I’ve read, others I’ve seen the movie for, and still others I want to read. But they are all popular and well known

  1. Roots by Alex Haley. The author’s journey through his family tree filled with slaves and masters that helped build America.
  2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The famous story of Scarlett O’Hara surviving on her plantation during the war and her obsession with one man.
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Holden Caulfield’s narration of two days in his life after being expelled from another school. Very cynical and dark yet humorous.
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. One of my favorite stories about a lawyer taking a case of a black man accused of rape in the 1960’s and one child’s observations of it all.
  5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I read part of this and watched the movie, it was great. Skeeter, coming home after graduating with her journalism degree wants to find what happened to her old maid and tell the stories of all the black help in her hometown and expose the prejudice and separatism in her town.
  6. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. Set in the American Revolution, a slave girl is sold against the will written by her master as she’s determined to find her younger sister.
  7. 1776 by David McCullough. A nonfiction work that tells the story of the year that changed America.
  8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I’ve never read the books, and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen movies based on them, but these two characters are iconic, Huckleberry Finn especially. I want to read them someday.
  9. White Fang by Jack London. One of my first (American) classics I’ve read, the story of a part wolf/part dog who goes through trials in both the wilderness and civilization. A great book of wilderness.
  10. Into the Wild by John Krakauer. The story of Chris McCandless who gets rid of everything to go and survive in Alaska only to have his remains found by some hunters. I’m not a fan of Krakauer’s writing style, but I enjoyed the story for the story’s sake.
  11. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. A children’s book, but a classic American piece about the friendship between a pig and a spider and their plan for his survival.
  12. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Murder and intrigue in a southern town.
  13. Little House in the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book and all her books in the series are gems about her family pioneering in 1800’s America.
  14. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Capote’s greatest work and a book that paved the way for docu-crimes, Capote tells the story of two men who murdered an entire family in Kansas.
  15. Teacher Man by Frank McCourt. The third book in his trilogy, tho you don’t necessarily need to read them in order, tells his story of teaching in inner city New York City.

These are just 15 books of thousands set in America. What are some of your favorite American books or ones that you want to read. Comment below to join in the discussion!


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