100 Essential New England Books

Given by Boston Globe

100 Works 864,468 Books 17,608 Reviews ½ 3.9

The Boston Globe picked the top books about New England or written by local authors.

Year Awarded:
2017
WorkOrder Label
Moby Dick (1851) by Herman Melville
1
Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott
2
Make Way for Ducklings (1941) by Robert McCloskey
3
The Bell Jar (1963) by Sylvia Plath
4
A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) by John Irving
5
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (2003) by Tracy Kidder
6
Housekeeping (1980) by Marilynne Robinson
7
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) by Malcolm X
8
Empire Falls (2001) by Richard Russo
9
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1971) by George V. Higgins
10
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families (1985) by J. Anthony Lukas
11
Walden (1854) by Henry David Thoreau
12
All Souls: A Family Story from Southie (1999) by Michael Patrick MacDonald
13
Ethan Frome (1911) by Edith Wharton
14
Charlotte's Web (1952) by E. B. White
15
Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace
16
Paul Revere's Ride (1994) by David Hackett Fischer
17
On Beauty (2005) by Zadie Smith
18
The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
19
Carrie (1974) by Stephen King
20
John Adams (2001) by David McCullough
21
Blues (1987) by John Hersey
22
Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994) by Edwidge Danticat
23
Affliction (1989) by Russell Banks
24
The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, 1874-1958 (1992) by Jack Beatty
25
Olive Kitteridge (2008) by Elizabeth Strout
26
Boston Boy: Growing up with Jazz and Other Rebellious Passions (1986) by Nat Hentoff
27
She's Come Undone (1992) by Wally Lamb
28
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (1997) by Mark Kurlansky
29
The Prince of Providence: The True Story of Buddy Cianci, America's Most Notorious Mayor, Some Wiseguys, and the Feds (2003) by Mike Stanton
30
Three Junes (2002) by Julia Glass
31
Self-Reliance and Other Essays (1993) by Ralph Waldo Emerson
32
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (2004) by Trevor Corson
33
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) by Junot Díaz
34
Summer of '49 (2006) by David Halberstam
35
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (2006) by Nathaniel Philbrick
36
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men against the Sea (1997) by Sebastian Junger
37
Mystic River (2001) by Dennis Lehane
38
Peyton Place (1956) by Grace Metalious
39
Unaccustomed Earth (2008) by Jhumpa Lahiri
40
The Education of Henry Adams (1907) by Henry Adams
41
Promised Land (1976) by Robert B. Parker
42
The Crucible: Text and Criticism (1953) by Arthur Miller
43
Little Children (2004) by Tom Perrotta
44
Boston Adventure (1944) by Jean Stafford
45
On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac
46
One boy's Boston, 1887-1901 (1962) by Samuel Eliot Morison
47
House of Sand and Fog (1999) by Andre Dubus III
48
Sophie's Choice (1979) by William Styron
49
Waiting (1999) by Ha Jin
50
The Last Hurrah (1956) by Edwin O'Connor
51
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson (1997) by Mitch Albom
52
A Separate Peace (1959) by John Knowles
53
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (1939) by Virginia Lee Burton
54
Our Town (1938) by Thornton Wilder
55
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (1984) by Steven Levy
56
Nineteen Minutes (2007) by Jodi Picoult
57
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (1875) by Mary Baker Eddy
58
Practical Magic (1995) by Alice Hoffman
59
Couples (1968) by John Updike
60
The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger
61
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1928) by H. P. Lovecraft
62
Profiles in Courage (1956) by John F. Kennedy
63
A Civil Action (1995) by Jonathan Harr
64
The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) by William James
65
Death at an Early Age (1967) by Jonathan Kozol
66
Love Story (1970) by Erich Segal
67
Memoirs of a Geisha (1997) by Arthur Golden
68
The Good Mother (1986) by Sue Miller
69
The Bostonians (1886) by Henry James
70
Welcome to the Monkey House (1968) by Kurt Vonnegut
71
Revere Beach Boulevard (1998) by Roland Merullo
72
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (1998) by Bill Bryson
73
The Enormous Room (1922) by E. E. Cummings
74
Strong Motion (1992) by Jonathan Franzen
75
The Da Vinci Code (2003) by Dan Brown
76
One L (1977) by Scott Turow
77
The Emperor's Children (2006) by Claire Messud
78
Two Years Before the Mast (1840) by Richard Henry Jr. Dana
79
Blanche Cleans Up (1998) by Barbara Neely
80
The Secret History (1992) by Donna Tartt
81
Girl, Interrupted (1993) by Susanna Kaysen
82
Einstein's Dreams (1992) by Alan Lightman
83
Blue Hill Avenue; a novel (1972) by Mark Mirsky
84
The City Below (1994) by James Carroll
85
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005) by Doris Kearns Goodwin
86
The Handmaid's Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood
87
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (2002) by Ben Mezrich
88
The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) by William Dean Howells
89
Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire (2000) by Nicholas Howe
90
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) by Mark Twain
91
Massachusetts (1991) by Nancy Zaroulis
92
The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas (1979) by Paul Theroux
93
The Weight of Water (1997) by Anita Shreve
94
Revolutionary Road (1961) by Richard Yates
95
The Late George Apley (1937) by John P. Marquand
96
Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888) by Edward Bellamy
97
Requiem, Mass.: A Novel (2008) by John Dufresne
98
The Wapshot Chronicle (1957) by John Cheever
99
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969) by Eric Carle
100

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