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Literature & Fiction

Explore classic novels, timeless love stories, literary history and criticism, essays and short stories, mysteries, poetry, drama, and more from some of the most celebrated authors of our time.

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James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the world's bestselling and most prolific authors. Although best known for his Mystery, Thriller & Suspense titles, he's authored works in many genres, from Non-Fiction to Young Adult, Historical Fiction, and Romance. According to his website: "Patterson's writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove that there is no such thing as a person who doesn't like to read, only people who haven't found the right book." To further his desire to reach readers of all stripes, he is an active philanthropist advocating reading and education with book donations, college scholarships, and donations of more than $70 million to support education. Among his many awards, he received a Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community in 2015. Patterson and his family live in Florida.

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Whether you're searching for new titles for your book club or revisiting time-honored classics, hunt for that perfect page-turner at ThriftBooks. Explore our extensive fiction and classic literature collections, which contain countless novels, poetry, essays and short stories, drama, mysteries, and more from some of the most celebrated authors throughout literary history. We have numerous used books and new releases in our selection.

Classic American Literature

Nothing quite captures the American experience and spirit like the stories from some of the country's most renowned writers. American authors come from diverse backgrounds, and each has a unique voice and perspective to share. Dive into an array of classics that pique your interest from our wide selection of classic novels.

Must-Read Classic Literature

Relive history's most culturally significant moments with some of the most recognized characters in classic American novels. Journey down the Mississippi River through Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and see the world through the eyes of Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck shed light on Great Depression-era struggles, and F. Scott Fitzgerald explores the hollow glamor of the 1920s in The Great Gatsby. If seafaring adventure is what you're after, climb aboard with Herman Melville and the inspirational tale of Moby Dick.

American Women Writers

Women have carved out a distinct voice in American fiction, providing countless stories we recognize as classics today. Several celebrated authors detailed the unique experiences of black women throughout history with classic novels, such as Beloved by Toni Morrison and The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Feel inspired with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and spark discussions about liberation in The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

Coming-of-Age Classics

Growing up is among the most common themes in classic American literature, and several novels perfectly depict the shared experiences of young people across the literary landscape. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton are two famous examples centered on male youth, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith offers a coming-of-age story from a female perspective.

Classic Stories From Around the World

The classic literature collection at ThriftBooks doesn't stop at American stories. We also offer various classic and modern novels from all over the world. Our inventory includes A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, and other titles from Charles Dickens, as well as the works of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. If you prefer darker English classics, consider Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, and George Orwell's 1984.

If you enjoy Russian literature, immerse yourself in the works of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Book lovers interested in Latin American literature can read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, and much more.

Best-Selling New Releases

If you're all caught up on the must-read classic literature from the past, ThriftBooks also offers an array of new releases to discover. Look through our selection of the bestsellers from well-known writers, such as James Patterson, Danielle Steel, John Grisham, Paula Hawkins, and others, to find your next favorite novel.

Find Classic Novels from ThriftBooks

Turn to ThriftBooks to fill your shelves with classic literature books. With over 13 million titles to choose from, you can find new or rare, out-of-print copies and up to 20% off deals on various novels. A customer-oriented bookstore, we offer free shipping to US orders over $15 and a ReadingRewards loyalty program for all account holders.

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