Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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.

Celebrities and everyday Americans will champion their favorite novels every Tuesday night on PBS up until the finale in late October, when America’s #1 best-loved novel will be revealed.

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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