Riders Of The Purple Sage 
Zane Grey (1872-1939)
This was the first western to hit the bestseller lists, a classic tale of good and evil: wealthy rancher Jane Withersteen versus the might of the elders of the Mormon Church. This is a book full of action and excitement, with majestic landscape to the fore.
You Know Me Al 
Ring Lardner (1885-1933)
A talented baseball pitcher, boastful and stupid, moves into the major baseball league, but is unwittingly naïve. Ring Lardner struck gold with not so much talent.
The Magnificent Ambersons 
Booth Tarkington (1869-1946)
Set in the late 1800s in a midwestern pastoral town which, with industrial growth, evolves into a decayed and dirty place, forced to adapt in order to survive. But wait for the happy ending…
Winesburg, Ohio 
Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)
Powerful short tales about people with simple and unfulfilled dreams in a small midwestern town, told through the eyes of a reporter. Sadly the rest of Anderson’s work is now forgotten, but is well worth exploring.