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
Buy The Color Purple at Amazon

The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

Buy Sophie's Choice at Amazon

Sophie's Choice

By William Styron

Buy West with the Night at Amazon

West with the Night

By Beryl Markham

Haunting of Hill House shirley jackson modern classic

The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

Buy The Forever War at Amazon

The Forever War

By Joe Haldeman

Buy Revolution from Within at Amazon

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

Buy The Prince of Tides at Amazon

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

Buy The Fall of Japan at Amazon

The Fall of Japan

By William Craig

Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover


By Tara Westover

Buy All Creatures Great and Small at Amazon

All Creatures Great and Small

By James Herriot

Buy North and South at Amazon

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

Buy Upstairs at the White House at Amazon

Upstairs at the White House

By J. B. West

Buy Fear of Flying at Amazon

Fear of Flying

By Erica Jong

middlesex, a modern classic book by Jeffrey Eugenides


By Jeffrey Eugenides

Buy The Last Jews in Berlin at Amazon

The Last Jews in Berlin

By Leonard Gross

Buy Midnight Cowboy at Amazon

Midnight Cowboy

By James Leo Herlihy

Buy We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young at Amazon

We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young

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

Buy The Man Within at Amazon

The Man Within

By Graham Greene

Buy The Group at Amazon

The Group

By Mary McCarthy

Buy Play It as It Lays at Amazon

Play It as It Lays

By Joan Didion

Buy Crazy Horse and Custer at Amazon

Crazy Horse and Custer

By Stephen E. Ambrose

Buy Fire from Heaven at Amazon

Fire from Heaven

By Mary Renault

Buy Way Station at Amazon

Way Station

By Clifford D. Simak

Buy The Good Earth at Amazon

The Good Earth

By Pearl S. Buck

Buy Marcovaldo at Amazon


By Italo Calvino

Buy Business Adventures at Amazon

Business Adventures

By John Brooks

Buy The Eagle Has Landed at Amazon

The Eagle Has Landed

By Jack Higgins

Buy Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee at Amazon

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

By Dee Brown

Buy Parable of the Sower at Amazon

Parable of the Sower

By Octavia E. Butler

Buy Deep Summer at Amazon

Deep Summer

By Gwen Bristow

Buy The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Volume One at Amazon

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Volume One

By Dorothy L. Sayers

Buy The Ice Storm at Amazon

The Ice Storm

By Rick Moody