PBS to Launch Great American Read Series

On May 22, PBS will launch the Great American Read series.  The series will engage Americans in discussions about a wide range of books included on its list of America’s Most Loved 100 Books.  The list includes the following:

1984 Hatchet
A Confederacy of Dunces Heart of Darkness
A Game of Thrones The Help
A Prayer for Owen Meany The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
A Separate Peace The Hunger Games
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn The Hunt for Red October
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Intuitionist
The Alchemist Invisible Man
Alex Cross Mysteries** Jane Eyre
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland The Joy Luck Club
Americanah Jurassic Park
And Then There Were None Left Behind
Anne of Green Gables The Little Prince
Another Country Little Women
Atlas Shrugged Lonesome Dove
Beloved Looking for Alaska
Bless Me, Ultima The Lord of the Rings**
The Book Thief The Lovely Bones
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao The Martian
The Call of the Wild Memoirs of a Geisha
Catch-22 Mind Invaders
The Catcher in the Rye Moby Dick
Charlotte’s Web The Notebook
The Chronicles of Narnia** One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Clan of the Cave Bear Outlander
The Coldest Winter Ever The Outsiders
The Color Purple The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Count of Monte Cristo The Pilgrim’s Progress
Crime and Punishment The Pillars of the Earth
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Pride and Prejudice
The Da Vinci Code Ready Player One
Don Quixote Rebecca
Doña Barbara The Shack
Dune Siddhartha
Fifty Shades of Grey The Sirens of Titan
Flowers in the Attic The Stand
Foundation The Sun Also Rises
Frankenstein Swan Song
Ghost Tales of the City
Gilead Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Giver Things Fall Apart
The Godfather This Present Darkness
Gone Girl To Kill a Mockingbird
Gone with the Wind Twilight
The Grapes of Wrath War and Peace
Great Expectations Watchers
The Great Gatsby The Wheel of Time**
Gulliver’s Travels Where the Red Fern Grows
The Handmaid’s Tale White Teeth
Harry Potter** Wuthering Heights

**Denotes a series title

How many of these well-loved titles have you read?  You may want to consider reading some of the titles you have not yet read, or you may want to re-read favorites you have not read in many years.  Visit the library and we’ll be happy to help you get your hands on these engaging reads!

If you would like to know more about the books included on the list, you may want to visit the website of PBS Station WGBH in Boston.  They have all the titles displayed and if you click one you are interested in, you will be able to read a quick anecdote about it.

Have fun watching the series, reading and buzzing about books all summer long!

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