Are you in searches of new reading material? If you go online, you’ll be stunned by a plethora of reading lists. They range from the “10 best” to “100 best” and are compiled for almost every audience. The choice is harder if you’re an avid reader who can boast a pretty large home library.
How do you usually choose books? Good books are usually found by accident, but what if you want to read something worthy, and picking the first book you see in a bookstore is not your method? There is a good alternative to the reading lists regularly made up by different sources. If you are into the sophisticated American literature, then the books awarded by the Pulitzer Prize Board should become the books of your choice too. We picked 10 books – the Pulitzer Prize winners of different years that should be added to your library.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1961)
Probably one of the most famous Pulitzer Prize-winning novels and one of the greatest books in the history of literature.
You must have read it in school, but this is the book that deserves to be re-read again and again. It hasn’t lost its topicality as it touches upon universal values.
The Age of Innocence (1921)
One of the first Pulitzer Prizes was given to a woman – Edith Wharton was awarded a Pulitzer for her Age of Innocence. Despite the title, the book portrays the hypocrisy of New York society. The main character has to choose between a modest equal May and her scandalous cousin. The author wrote the book in her 50s, so the story is skillfully told with all her wit and grace.
The Color Purple (1983)
This is an epistolary novel written by a black female writer Alice Walker. The story takes places in the Southern United States in the 1930s and focuses on the life of African-American women. Since the novel brings up such matters as racism, sexism, and poverty, it was censored several times.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2001)
The book can be characterized as speculative fiction and historical fiction. The story of two cousins paving their ways to the comics industry is really amazing. If you want to read something from a modern classic, this book is for you.
The Shipping News (1994)
Want to know why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary writers? Read her award-winning novel The Shipping News. The book is a portrayal of a North American family that won’t leave you indifferent.
Devil in the Grove (2013)
Being described as “a richly detailed chronicle of racial injustice” this non-fiction book by Gilbert King was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. This is a perfect choice for the American history lovers.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Although this John Steinbeck’s book is a ghost from your literature classes, it’s still on the list due to its profoundness and historical legacy. Moreover, there always should be the time for classics.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1948)
Apart from fiction and non-fiction, the Pulitzer Prizes are given for drama. Tennessee Williams was awarded the prize for his play in 1948. It’s not a light reading – it’s a true masterpiece, rather brutal but definitely gripping.
Interpreter of Maladies (2000)
The book is a collection of short stories about the lives of Indians and Indian Americans. If you are a fan of short stories, this book should be definitely added to your list.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2015)
If you want to switch from fiction to non-fiction and look for a comprehensible book, The Sixth Extinction is just for you. The author explains everything in plain words making the book understandable for an average reader.
Keep feeding your mind with new literature, especially if you are a man wanting to meet brainy girls, perhaps Russian ladies.