2015 All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
A novel about World War II, human nature and the "contradictory power of technology".
2006 The March (E.L. Doctorow)
Based on the closing year of the Civil War during which General Sherman and his troops marched (retreated) through the South, leaving a "60 mile wide scar of destruction in their wake".
I didn't read The March, but I did read E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime, based on the Jazz Era in the United States.
1999 The Hours (Michael Cunningham)
A story based on three generations of women and how the Virginia Woolf novel Mrs. Dalloway affected them. It was adapted for the screen in 2002.
1994 The Shipping News (Annie Proulx)
A New York State newspaper journalist marries and raises two daughters. His two timing wife "meets her just desserts" and he moves to his ancenstral home in Newfoundland to live with two other generations of his family.
1983 The Color Purple (Toni Morrison)*
A Black woman growing up in the Deep South experiences abuse at the hands of her father, and later, her husband.
1980 The Executioner's Song (Norman Mailer)
Based on the execution of Gary Gilmore for multiple murders by the state of Utah in 1977.
1961 To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)*
Set in the Deep South, this novel is based on the trial and conviction of a black man for the alleged rape of a white woman. It was adapted for the big screen in 1962 starring Gregory Peck as the lawyer who defends the black man.
1952 The Caine Mutiny (Herman Wouk)
I didn't read The Caine Mutiny but I did read Herman Wouk's The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, both based on World War II.
1948 Tales of the South Pacific (James Michener)*
Based on the author's experiences in the Pacific as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy during World War II.
1940 The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)*
A string of Okies, farmers driven off their parched land by drought, packed up their Model T's and road across the desert to California to pick grapes during The Great Depression.
1932 The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
Family life in a Chinese Village before World War II. This novel returned to the bestseller list when Oprah made it the book of the month club selection in 2004.
1927 Early Autumn (Louis Bromfield)
Based on a custody battle between a husband and wife and the man the latter hires to protect her son from being kidnapped by her ex-husband. The bodyguard and the son form a strong bond.
1921 Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
An upper class couple's impending marriage in New York City in the 1870's.
*These are the titles I have read.