It’s the 4th of July, and this time of year, we’re reminded that so many authors have put pen to paper to write about life in the United States. Some have penned memoirs, others have written novels, and still others have produced nonfiction or even poetry. These books range widely in subject matter, tone, and content, but they’re all united by a common focus on life in America. If you feel like reading about the U.S.A., there’s a book for you on this list no matter what your reading preferences may be.
This bestselling nonfiction book examines American democracy and the forces that could challenge and destabilize it in this day and age.
American Pastoral is a classic novel that follows the Levov family through much of the mid-20th century as they grapple with the American dream.
This book recounts U.S. history in a way you might not have heard it before: Howard Zinn focuses on less commonly-told accounts of U.S. history, including those of women, Native Americans, immigrants, workers, and the black community.
The essays in Pulphead take readers into quirky and unusual corners of American culture, ranging from the MTV show Real World to a Christian rock festival.
Want to read about the birth of the country? David McCullough’s famous work of narrative nonfiction will transport you back to 1776.
In these poems, Layli Long Soldier writes about her experiences as a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the intricacies of Native American identity.
In this Civil War-era romance, two Union spies fall in love. Better yet, the tale is based on real figures from American history: Mary Bowser and Timothy Webster