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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book. 

Voting is now open! You can place one vote for each book every day, so go ahead and vote for all of your favorite books!

1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

The Alchemist Cover Image
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Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass Cover Image
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Published: Bantam Classics - May 1st, 1984

Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446364195
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 1st, 1993

Americanah Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

And Then There Were None Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062073471
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 18th, 2011

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - September 11th, 2008

Another Country (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679744719
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Atlas Shrugged Cover Image
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Published: Signet - September 1st, 1996

Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Bless Me, Ultima Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446675369
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 1999

The Book Thief Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594483295
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Jack London, Melvin Burgess (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780141321059
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316769488
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1st, 1991

Charlotte's Web Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064400558
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Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

The Chronicles of Narnia: 7 Books in 1 Paperback Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780066238500
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Published: HarperCollins - October 2nd, 2001

The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553250428
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Published: Bantam - November 1st, 1984

The Coldest Winter Ever Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416521693
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Published: Pocket Star - February 1st, 2006

The Color Purple Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156028356
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Published: Mariner Books - May 28th, 2003

A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780802130204
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

The Count of Monte Cristo Cover Image
By Alexandre Dumas pere, Robin Buss (Translated by), Robin Buss (Introduction by), Robin Buss (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780140449266
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2003

Crime and Punishment: Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780679734505
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 1993

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400032716
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307474278
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Published: Anchor - March 31st, 2009

Don Quixote Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060934347
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Published: Ecco - April 26th, 2005

Doña Barbara: A Novel Cover Image
By Rómulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy (Translated by), Larry McMurtry (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780226279206
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 3rd, 2012

Dune Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780441172719
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Published: Ace - September 1st, 1990

The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time' Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812511819
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Published: Tor Fantasy - November 15th, 1990

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547928210
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Published: Mariner Books - September 18th, 2012

The Fellowship of the Ring: The Lord of the Rings: Part One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345339706
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Published: Del Rey - August 12th, 1986

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345803481
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2012

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476775869
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Published: Pocket Books - January 7th, 2014

Foundation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553293357
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Published: Spectra - October 1st, 1991

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Cover Image
By Mary Shelley, Charlotte Gordon (Introduction by), Charlotte Gordon (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9780143131847
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 16th, 2018

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553573404
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Published: Bantam - August 4th, 1997

Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481450164
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Gilead: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424404
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Published: Picador - January 10th, 2006

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544336261
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

I love The Giver. I remember my father read it to me as a child. It was the first time I saw him cry.

--Katie M


The Godfather Cover Image
By Mario Puzo, Robert Smith Thompson (Introduction by), Anthony Puzo (Introduction by), Robert J. Thompson (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780451205766
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Published: Berkley - March 1st, 2002

Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307588371
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Published: Broadway Books - April 22nd, 2014

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Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9781451635621
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Great Expectations Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell (Editor), David Trotter (Introduction by), Charlotte Mitchell (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780141439563
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Great Gatsby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743273565
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

Gulliver's Travels Cover Image
By Jonathan Swift, Leo Damrosch (Introduction by), Nathaniel Rich (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780451531131
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Published: Signet - December 2nd, 2008

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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780545582889
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 27th, 2013

Hatchet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2006

Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer Cover Image
By Joseph Conrad, Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction by), Vince Passaro (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780451531032
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Published: Signet - August 5th, 2008

The Help Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345391803
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Published: Del Rey - September 27th, 1995

The Hunger Games Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439023528
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 3rd, 2010

The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425240335
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Published: Berkley - September 7th, 2010

The Intuitionist: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2000

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Jane Eyre Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Stevie Davies (Editor), Stevie Davies (Introduction by), Stevie Davies (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780141441146
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 15th, 2006

Jane Eyre: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Ruben Toledo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780143106159
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 30th, 2010

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
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ISBN: 9780143038092
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

Jurassic Park: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345538987
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 25th, 2012

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781414334905
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - April 1st, 2011

The Little Prince Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156012195
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Published: Mariner Books - June 29th, 2000

Little Women Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Elaine Showalter (Editor), Elaine Showalter (Introduction by), Siobhán Kilfeather (Notes by), Vinca Showalter (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780140390698
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 1st, 1989

Lonesome Dove: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439195260
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2010

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Speak - December 28th, 2006

The Lovely Bones Cover Image
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 20th, 2004

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The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679781585
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 1999

I read this many years ago and it's one of my favorites. I remember being impatient for the end of my work day so I could get home and read it!  Then I would stay up too late reading it.   It's the story of the complex, secretive, competitive and dangerous life of a Japanese geisha.  I loved learning about this mysterious aspect of Japanese culture and was mesmerized by the engrossing story.  

--Jeanne G.


Moby-Dick: or, The Whale Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco (Introduction by), Tom Quirk (Commentaries by)
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ISBN: 9780142437247
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Notebook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455582877
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 24th, 2014

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440212560
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Published: Dell - June 2nd, 1992

The Outsiders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142407332
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Published: Speak - April 20th, 2006

The Picture of Dorian Gray Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780141439570
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

The Pilgrim's Progress Cover Image
By John Bunyan, Roger Pooley (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780141439716
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 27th, 2009

The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451166890
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Published: Penguin Books - July 9th, 1990

A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062204097
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2012

Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780141439518
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

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Ready Player One: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

Rebecca Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780380730407
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

A Separate Peace Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743253970
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2003

The Shack Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780964729230
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Published: Windblown Media - July 1st, 2008

Siddhartha: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Hermann Hesse, Joachim Neugroschel (Translated by), Ralph Freedman (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780142437186
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Sirens of Titan: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385333498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

The Stand Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307743688
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Published: Anchor - June 28th, 2011

The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743297332
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Published: Scribner - October 17th, 2006

Swan Song Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501131424
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Published: Pocket Books - July 26th, 2016

Tales of the City: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061358302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2007

Their Eyes Were Watching God Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061120060
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 30th, 2006

There’s a scene in this book where one character speaks of the quality of a man’s shoe. The idea of looking at someone’s shoes as a way to better understand not only them, but the lives they live and the paths they walk, has stuck with me. The idea will even pop into my head when I meet someone new: I wonder about their shoes.

--Katie M.


Things Fall Apart: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1994

This Present Darkness Cover Image
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - March 1st, 2002

To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060935467
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060736262
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 6th, 2018

I read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” in high school and I vividly remember a scene where our protagonist, Francie, sits in the morning with a hot cup of coffee. She does not drink it, however, and instead chooses to pour it down the drain every day. This stuck with me because it was the first time I really understood the relationship between a character’s small, daily choices and how they can represent a much larger human experience.

--Katie M


Twilight (The Twilight Saga #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316015844
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2006

War and Peace (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781400079988
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Published: Vintage - December 2nd, 2008

Watchers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425188804
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Published: Berkley - January 28th, 2003

Where the Red Fern Grows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440412670
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Published: Yearling - September 1st, 1996

White Teeth: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375703867
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2001

Wuthering Heights Cover Image
By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Introduction by), Lucasta Miller (Preface by), Pauline Nestor (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780141439556
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002