Some of these will make you smile, some may have you scratchin' your head. You may be outraged that something's missing. (Of course there is; it's only 100 books.) In any case, it's a varied and fun list, and we're excited about it. We have a pretty good chunk of them in stock, many used (see pic below), and we look forward to chatting with you about your faves. We definitely have our opinions, and will be voting every day to make sure they have a chance at being named America's Favorite Novel.
As of the airing of the debut episode, Dana had read 53 of the 100 titles, Dianne 44, Ezra 23, Jen 40, and Lea 36. We'll be updating these numbers over the summer as we tackle more of the list. Below you'll find our personal top picks.
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The official description:
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.
The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.