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35 Must-Read Modern Classics

These reads from the last century all deserve a place on your bookshelf.

Must Read Classic Books The Color Purple
The Color Purple

The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

By William Styron

West with the Night

West with the Night

By Beryl Markham

Haunting of Hill House shirley jackson modern classic

The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

The Forever War

The Forever War

By Joe Haldeman

Revolution from Within

Revolution from Within

By Gloria Steinem

Book cover of Life of Pi by Yann Martel, a modern classic and good book for high school students.

Life of Pi

By Yann Martel

The Prince of Tides

The Prince of Tides

By Pat Conroy

the secret history by donna tartt, a book with a famous first line

The Secret History

By Donna Tartt

The Fall of Japan

The Fall of Japan

By William Craig

Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover

Educated

By Tara Westover

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

By James Herriot

North and South

North and South

By John Jakes

the city and the pillar by gore vidal, a modern classic

The City and the Pillar

By Gore Vidal

Upstairs at the White House

Upstairs at the White House

By J. B. West

Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

By Erica Jong

middlesex, a modern classic book by Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex

By Jeffrey Eugenides

The Last Jews in Berlin

The Last Jews in Berlin

By Leonard Gross

Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

By James Leo Herlihy

We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young

We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young

By Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway

The Man Within

The Man Within

By Graham Greene

The Group

The Group

By Mary McCarthy

Play It as It Lays

Play It as It Lays

By Joan Didion

Crazy Horse and Custer

Crazy Horse and Custer

By Stephen E. Ambrose

Fire from Heaven

Fire from Heaven

By Mary Renault

Way Station

Way Station

By Clifford D. Simak

The Good Earth

The Good Earth

By Pearl S. Buck

Marcovaldo

Marcovaldo

By Italo Calvino

Business Adventures

Business Adventures

By John Brooks

The Eagle Has Landed

The Eagle Has Landed

By Jack Higgins

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

By Dee Brown

Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower

By Octavia E. Butler

Deep Summer

Deep Summer

By Gwen Bristow

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Volume One

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Volume One

By Dorothy L. Sayers

The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm

By Rick Moody