Exploring America Recommended Reading

Exploring America by Ray Notgrass, requires the following literature selections in order to complete the course:

  • The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)
  • Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (Crockett)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Douglass)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (Stowe)
  • Co. Aytch (Watkins)
  • Little Women (Alcott)
  • Humorous Stories and Sketches (Twain)
  • In His Steps (Sheldon)
  • Up From Slavery (Washington)
  • Mama's Bank Account (Forbes)
  • Christy (Marshall)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
  • The Giver (Lowry)

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Co. Aytch
$15.00   $9.00
Softcover, 256 pgs, 9780743255417

Early in May 1861, twenty-one-year-old Sam R. Watkins of Columbia, Tennessee, joined the First Tennessee Regiment, Company H, to fight for the Confederacy. Of the 120 original recruits in his company, Watkins was one of only seven to survive every one of its battles, from Shiloh to Nashville. Twenty years later, with a "house full of young 'rebels' clustering around my knees and bumping about my elbows," he wrote this remarkable account of "Co. Aytch".

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In His Steps
$5.99   $3.59
Softcover, 256 pgs, 9780800786083

Deeply shaken by the apprearance of a mysterious stranger in town and his impassioned pleas for the poor and downtrodden, the minister and five influential parishoners begin a year-long experience in Christianity. Each has resolved to conduct his life according to the precepts of Christ, applying His behavior to their own lives.  As each applies the maxim, "What would Jesus do?" to his personal life or business practices, the changes are astounding.  

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Little Women
$3.50   $3.00
Softcover, 608 pgs, 9780486410234

Timeless, heartwarming tale of the four young March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — their mother Marmee, and other memorable characters. Generations of readers have enjoyed this story of the joys, heartaches, and triumphs of a warm, close-knit family, poor in material wealth, but rich in love and devotion to one another.  The March women must fend for themselves while their father/husband is off fighting in the Civil War. 

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Mama's Bank Account
$8.95   $5.37
Softcover, 147 pgs, 9780156563772

The charming adventures of the Mama of an immigrant Norwegian family living in San Francisco. This bestselling book inspired the play, motion picture, and television series I Remember Mama.  Time period: 20th century American Immigration.


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Softcover, 80 pgs, 9780486292793

Mark Twain's inimitable blend of humor, satire and masterly storytelling earned him a secure place in the front rank of American writers. This collection of eight stories and sketches, among them the celebrated classic "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," shows the great humorist at the top of his form

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The Giver
$7.95   $4.77
Softcover, 192 pgs, 9780440237686

Winner of the Newbery Medal and named as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Lowry's unforgettable tale introduces 12-year-old Jonas, who is singled out by his community to be trained by The Giver.  The story of a futuristic "utopian" society.


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The Scarlet Letter
$3.95   $2.50
Softcover, 192 pgs, 9780486280486

For nearly a century and a half, Hawthorne's masterpiece has mesmerized readers and critics alike. One of the greatest American novels, its themes of sin, guilt, and redemption, woven through a story of adultery in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, are revealed with remarkable psychological penetration and understanding of the human heart. New introductory Note. Reprint of the Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, Boston, 1850 edition. Includes 24 wood engravings by master illustrator Barry Moser.

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To Kill A Mockingbird
$7.95   $4.77
Softcover, 288 pgs, 9780446310789

This classic story takes place in the 1930's in the South, where African-Americans were no longer enslaved, but neither were they free and equal.


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