Hey Everybody, I am always looking for literature to broaden my (and my students) awareness of life. The Kite Runner gave us the opportunity for a greater understanding of life in Afghanistan and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan gave us a rare look into the Chinese culture. I would so greatly appreciate it if our teachers would list some books that reflect life in their countries or their favorite American story. Some of my favorites that I think give a real feel for the American Experience: 1. Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath-a family from Oklahoma suffers through the depression. 2. Angelou' s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings-a young african american girl coming of age. 3. F.Scott Fitzgerald's Bernice Bobs her Hair. amusing coming of age story 4. Mark Twain's Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer(actually any of his works) 5. Ayn Rand's books,especially Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.