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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 (Signet Classics) 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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The Alchemist Cover Image
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Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014

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

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

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

And Then There Were None Cover Image
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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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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

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

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

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

The Book Thief Cover Image
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover Image
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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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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

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

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

Charlotte's Web Cover Image
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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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Published: Bantam - November 1st, 1984

The Coldest Winter Ever Cover Image
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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 12th, 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 (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Alexandre Dumas Pere, Robin Buss (Translator), Robin Buss (Introduction by)
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2003

Crime and Punishment (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
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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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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

The Da Vinci Code Cover Image
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Published: Anchor Books - March 31st, 2009

Don Quixote Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 26th, 2005

Doña Barbara Cover Image
By Romulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy (Translator), Larry McMurtry (Foreword by)
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 3rd, 2012

Dune (Remembering Tomorrow) Cover Image
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Published: Ace Books - September 1st, 1990

The Eye of the World: Book One of 'the Wheel of Time' Cover Image
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Published: Tor Books - September 29th, 1995

The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) Cover Image
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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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Published: Del Rey Books - August 12th, 1986

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (50 Shades Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2012

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger Saga) Cover Image
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Published: Pocket Books - January 7th, 2014

Foundation (Foundation Novels) Cover Image
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Published: Spectra Books - October 1st, 1991

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

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One Cover Image
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Published: Bantam - August 1st, 1997

Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum Books - August 29th, 2017

Gilead Cover Image
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Published: Picador USA - January 10th, 2006

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544336261
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - 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)
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Published: Berkley Books - March 5th, 2002

Gone Girl Cover Image
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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)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451635621
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 3rd, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert Demott (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

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

The Great Gatsby Cover Image
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 1st, 2004

Gulliver's Travels (Signet Classics) 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 Book - December 2nd, 2008

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The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator), Mary Grandpre (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 - January 1st, 2007

Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer (Signet Classics) 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 Book - August 5th, 2008

The Help Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley Books - 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 Books - 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 (Jack Ryan Novels) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425240335
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Published: Berkley Books - September 7th, 2010

The Intuitionist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor Books - January 3rd, 2000

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Stevie Davies (Editor), Stevie Davies (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780141441146
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2006

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

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

Jurassic Park 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
$11.99
ISBN: 9780156012195
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Published: Mariner Books - June 29th, 2000

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

Lonesome Dove Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2010

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
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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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Memoirs of a Geisha (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679781585
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Published: Vintage - January 18th, 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 (Penguin Classics) 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 Books - December 31st, 2002

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

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 1st, 2006

Outlander 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 (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780141439570
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Published: Penguin Books - February 4th, 2003

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

The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge) Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 2007

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

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Ready Player One 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 Book Company - May 1st, 2016

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 (Translator), Ralph Freedman (Introduction by)
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

The Sirens of Titan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385333498
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Published: Dial Press - September 4th, 1998

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

The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743297332
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Published: Scribner Book Company - 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 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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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 1st, 2005

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

War and Peace (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
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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 Books - January 28th, 2003

Where the Red Fern Grows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440412670
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Published: Yearling Books - September 17th, 1996

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

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