“The Great American Read: The Book of Books,” Companion To PBS Series

The Great American Read: The Book of Books

As Featured In The PBS Series; Foreword by Meredith Vieira

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; hardcover, $29.99

Explore some of the most beloved books of all-time in the beautiful illustrated book, The Great American Read: The Book of Books, the companion to PBS’s ambitious series.

The Great American Read started in May when America’s 100 best-loved novels, which were determined by a rigorous national survey, were revealed.

America’s #1 best-loved novel will be revealed in the finale this Tuesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. on PBS, Channel 13 in New York.

The Great American Read: The Book of Books presents all 100 novels with fascinating information about each book, author profiles, a snapshot of the novel’s social relevance, film or television adaptations, other books and writings by the author, and little-known facts. Also included are themed articles about banned books, the most influential book illustrators, reading recommendations, the best first-lines in literature, and more.

Meredith Vieira, the host of The Great American Read, wrote the foreword to The Book of Books.

“There are few things as satisfying and as long lasting as a beloved book, writes Vieira. “My favorite books have become the touchstones in my life; I remember where I was when they found me, why they spoke to me at that particular time, and how I’d often passionately recommend them to my friends. Many of my favorites still sit on my bookshelves as a reminder of the wonderful experiences they’ve brought to me. In quiet moments, I pull them from the shelves and revisit them like old friends.

“With The Great American Read, PBS has set out to unite America around one powerful idea: What if we could forget for a moment all of the things that divide us and remember the ideas, the characters, the stories that make up our common thread? What if by celebrating our favorite books together, and by learning the unique history behind them, we could rediscover the joy the finest storytellers have brought us?”

The Great American Read: The Book of Books is a beautiful, extensively-researched production that will be appreciated by all booklovers.

America’s 100 Favorite Novels & Their Authors, with series counted as one title and ** denotes a series title:

1984 – George Orwell

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

A Separate Peace – John Knowles

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Alex Cross Mysteries** – James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

Another Country – James Baldwin

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

Beloved – Toni Morrison

Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

The Call of the Wild – Jack London

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel

The Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Souljah

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes

Doña Barbara – Romulo Gallegos

Dune – Frank Herbert

Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James

Flowers in the Attic – V.C. Andrews

Foundation – Isaac Asimov

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Ghost – Jason Reynolds

Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

The Giver – Lois Lowry

The Godfather – Mario Puzo

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Harry Potter ** – J.K. Rowling

Hatchet – Gary Paulsen

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

The Help – Kahtryn Stockett

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams and Eoin Colfer

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy

The Intuitionist – Colson Whitehead

Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The Joy Luck Club – AmyTan

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

Left Behind – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry

Looking for Alaska – John Green

The Lord of the Rings** – J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

The Martian – Andy Weir

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Mind Invaders – Dave Hunt

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

The Shack – William P. Young

Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut

The Stand – Stephen King

The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

Swan Song – Robert McCammon

Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

This Present Darkness – Frank E. Peretti

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Twilight – Stephenie Meyers

War and Peace – leo tolstoy

Watchers – Dean Koontz

The Wheel of Time** – James Oliver Rigney, Jr.

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls

White Teeth – Zadie Smith

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

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