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Thanks to Ronda Walker Weaver for compiling the initial draft from suggestions made by the publore community. Please add titles or annotations and edit as appropriate.

See also Mary Magoulick's "Folklore and Literature Texts:
Possible readings for a folklore and literature class, or readings of interest to folklorists & people who like folklore," which groups titles under relevant categories.

A Gravestone Made of Wheat, Will Weaver

 A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar, Suzanne Joinson

 A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

 About This Life, Barry Lopez

 Albuquerque, Bless Me Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya

 American Gods, Neil Gaiman

 American Gypsy, Oksana Marafioti

 Among Others, Jo Walton

 An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales,  Oliver Sachs

 Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman

 Away, Jane Urquhart

 Ballad Novels, Sharyn McCrumb

 Beet Queen, Louise Erdrich

 Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in America, Linda Furiya

 Black Elk Speaks, John Neihardt, Black Elk

 Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko

 Cherokee Dragon, Robert Conley

 Child in Jerusalem, Felicity Ashbee 

 Composing A Life, Mary Catherine Bateson

 Dandelion Wine (and others), Ray Bradbury

 Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather

 Deep Rivers, Jose Maria Arguedas

 Digging to America, Anne Tyler

 Dreams Underfoot, Charles de Lint

 Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan

 Fairy Tale, Alice Thomas Ellis

 Far Afield, Susanna Kaysen

 Farewell to Matyora, Valentin Rasputin

 Fly Away Home, Marge Piercy

 Flying Home: And Other Stories, Ralph Ellison

 Gabriel Du Pré Mysteries, Peter Bowen

 Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

 Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

 Harmless People, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas  

 Haunted Ballad Series, Deborah Grabien

 Haunted Ground, Erin Hart

 Home is the Sailor, Jorge Amado

 Hot Water Man, Deborah Moggach

 How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn

 How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez

 I Could Talk Old-Story Good, Dan Crowley

 It's How You Pick the Crab: An Oral Portrait of Eastern Shore Crab Picking, Kelly Feltault

 Journey for Joedel, Guy Owen

 Land of the Heroes: A Retelling of the Kalevala, Ursula Synge

 Last Buckaroo, Mackey Hedges

 Last Cowboys at the End of the World: The Gauchos of Patagonia, Nick Reding

 Le trou dans le mur: fabliau cadiens, Jean Arceneaux

 Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

 Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Helen Simonson

 Mama Day, Gloria Naylor

 Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach

 Memories of a Catholic Childhood, Mary McCarthy

 Miriam’s Kitchen: A Memoir, Elizabeth Erlich

 Mona in the Promised Land, Gish Jen

 My Life in France, Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme

 Number Our Days, Barbara Myerhoff

 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Roddy Doyle

 Peony in Love, Lisa See

 People of the Sea, David Thompson

 Popular Music from Vittula, Mikael Niemi

 Prince of Annwn, Evangeline Walton

 Red Tent, Anita Diamant

 Return to Laughter, Eleanor Smith Bowen

 Riding The White Horse Home, Teresa Jordan

 River of Earth, James Still

 Saints, Orson Scott Card

 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Paul Torday

 Seal Woman, Solveig Eggerz

 Seasonal, Betty Belanus

 Seventh Son, Orson Scott Card

 Shepherds of the Night, Jorge Amado

 Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa, W. P. Knesella

 Silent Dancing, Judith Ortiz Cofer

 Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Joyce Graham

 Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichl

 Tent of Miracles, Jorge Amado

 The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America, Joanna Clapps Herman

 The Burning of Bridget Cleary, Angela Bourke

 The Children of Llyr, Evangeline Walton

 The Conjure Woman, Charles W. Chestnutt

 The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart

 The Day Lasts Longer than a Hundred Years, Chingiz Aitmatov

 The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye: Five Fairy Stories, A. S. Byatt

 The Fault in our Stars, John Green

 The File on H.Ismail Kadare

 The Gate to Women's Country, Sheri Tepper

 The Gypsies, Jan Yoors

 The Harmony Silk Factory, Tash Aw

 The Hollow Hills, Mary Stewart

 The Horse of Pride: Life in a Breton Village, June Guicharnaud

 The Inn at the Edge of the World, Alice Thomas Ellis

 The Island of the Mighty, Evangeline Walton

 The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

 The Ladies Auxiliary, Tova Mirvis

 The Last Enchantment, Mary Stewart

 The Little Country, Charles de Lint

 The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie

 The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

 The Milagro Beanfield War, John Nichols

 The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

 The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City, Jennifer Toth

 The Monkey's Wrench, Primo Levi

 The Outside World, Tova Mirvis

 The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

 The Sin Eater, Alice Thomas Ellis

 The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey

 The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

 The Song of Rhiannon, Evangeline Walton

 The Song of the Lark, Willa Cather

 The Songs of the Kings, Barry Unsworth

 The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman

 The Stolen Child, Keith Donohue

 The Truest Pleasure, Robert Morgan

 Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

 These Is My Words, Nancy Turner

 Till We have Faces, C. S. Lewis

 To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

 Tortilla Curtain, TC Boyle

 Troll: A Love Story, Johanna Sinisalo

 Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay

 War Woman, Robert Conley

 Who's Irish?, Gish Jen

 Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire

 Xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, ed. Kate Berkheimer

 Yawar Fiesta, Jose Maria Arguedas

Canongate Myth series (short modern novels based on myth, and written by distinguished world writers)

Armstrong, Karen. A Short History of Myth. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2005.

Atwood, Margaret. The Penelopiad. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2005.

Byatt, A. S. Ragnarok: The End of the Gods. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2011.

Faber, Michael. The Fire Gospel. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2008.

Grossman, David. Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2005.

Hatoum, Milton. Orphans of Eldorado. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2008.

Kirino, Matuso. The Goddess Chronicle. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2013.

Ostergren, Klas. The Hurricane Party. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2009.

Pelevin, Viktor. The Helmet of Horror. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2005.

Pullman, Philip. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2010.

Smith, Alexander McCall. Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2006.

Smith, Ali. Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2007.

Tong, Su. Binu and the Great Wall. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2006.

Ugresic, Dubravka. Baba Yaga Laid an Egg. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2008.

Vickers, Salley. Where Three Roads Meet.  Edinburgh: Canongate, 2007.

Winterson, Jeanette. Weight. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2005.



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