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Further reading on USA

  • Roughing It by Mark Twain: An entertaining account of Twain's foray into the Wild West.
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac: Kerouac's roving journey through the culture of 1950s America continues to be a perennial favorite with fledgling beatniks.
  • The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson: An expatriate American pokes fun at small-town life as he takes a roadtrip around the United States.
  • The Freighthopper's Manual for North America: Hoboing in the 1980s by Daniel Leen: This little-known book puts the joy back into trainspotting in its bid to revive a North American folk tradition.
  • A Turn in the South by VS Naipaul: A Turn in the South offers a senstive, sympathetic outsider's perspective of the Dixie states.
  • America by Jean Baudrillard: Baudrillard's travelogue swims through the spectacle of American culture.
  • The Penguin History of the United States of America by Hugh Brogan: This engaging book provides a comprehensive framework for coming to grips with US history.
  • Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville: A visitor's account of the early days of the republic.
  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn: Zinn's view of US history, peopled by underdogs, presents the other side of the story.
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown: First published in 1970, this seminal and fascinating book tells of how the American Indians lost everything (including their lives) as white settlers enroached on their territory.
  • Black Elk Speaks by John G Neihardt: The powerful words and memories of Nicholas Black Elk, who participated in some of the major events of the American Indian Wars, come to life in this text.
  • Indian Country by Peter Matthiessen: A sad look at the state of things on America's Indian reservations.
  • If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem: The Wild Palms by William Faulkner: As with other books by Faulkner, this novel composed of two parallel stories transports you to the South, to Mississippi in particular.
  • Tar Baby by Toni Morrison: Set on a Caribbean island, this is a stunning examination of gender and racial politics by Nobel-prize winning Toni Morrison.
  • The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass: This is the classic slave narrative.
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker: Rich in vernacular, this novel traces a struggling black woman's search for empowerment.
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X: This book traces the remarkable life of one of black America's most challenging leaders.
  • Native Son by Richard Wright: This is a gritty novel about a young black man caught in the poverty and racism of 1930s Chicago.
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: First published in 1952, Invisible Man follows the nameless black narrator's search for truth is a blind, racist America.
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin: An eloquent, edgy essay on American racism.
  • Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin: A colorful novel about a zany cast of characters living in San Francisco circa 1976.
  • LA Confidential by James Ellroy: Set in the 1950s, this hardboiled crime story is about three LA cops and their involvements with gangland and sex bombs.
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler: Even if you've seen the film a thousand times, it's worth going back to the stylish original novel by America's greatest crime writer.

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