The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

What Twain started as a sequel to his successful Tom Sawyer eventually became his critically acclaimed condemnation of mob mentality and Southern racism. Twain describes Huck's journey away from his oppressive society and father down the Mississippi river with a run-away slave named Jim towards what they both hope will be freedom. Along the way they learn much about America, its people, and themselves. It is sadly ironic that this anti-racist novel has been ostracized due to its realistic use of politically incorrect language. Twain is unquestionably one of America's great writers, but the man destroyed my ability to learn correct grammar. Despite Twain's portrayal of Tom as someone unable to transcend social norms, he will always outshine Huck for me just through sheer lunacy. For those who are uncertain about what I am referring to: go out and read these books.