Sunday, August 26, 2007

Card's American Novel Course

These books appeared as required readings for his college course:

Young Adult

Robert Cormier, I Am the Cheese

David Lubar, Hidden Talents

Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

Louis Sachar, Holes


William Goldman, The Princess Bride


John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

Richard Russo, Nobody's Fool

Anne Tyler, Back When We Were Grownups


Walter Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress

Sharyn McCrumb, If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O

Chick Lit

Lauren Weisberger, The Devil Wears Prada

Adriana Trigiani, Big Stone Gap

Jane Stanton Hitchcock, Social Crimes

Olive Ann Burns, Cold Sassy Tree

Science Fiction

Octavia Butler, Dawn


Stephen King, The Dead Zone


Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October

Legal Thriller

John Grisham, The Rainmaker

In addition to these required novels, I had students read other books from a list I provided and report on them, in detail, to the class. So the students were exposed to other books by the same authors, allowing them to have a good idea of what else these writers (and a handful of others) produced.

So Cormier was also represented by The Chocolate War and Fade, Goldman by Boys and Girls Together, Russo by Mohawk, Tyler by Breathing Lessons, McCrumb by St. Dale and Bimbos of the Death Sun, Butler by Wild Seed and Parable of the Sower, King by Misery and The Stand, and Grisham by The Client. We also got a good look at In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner.

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