By Beth Clark • July 27, 2018
THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part 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 survey¹. 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 is the heart of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational, and community outreach campaign designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books. It features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans, and book lovers across the country. The list of 100 books was revealed in the two-hour launch episode, followed by five one-hour themed episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and the results of a nationwide vote to choose America's best-loved book will be announced in the finale. Even if you don't tune in and watch the series, the list of reads is a book-lovers dream blend of classics and modern titles, so here you go.
¹PBS doesn't endorse any of the titles on the top 100 list, so for more information about how they were selected or on the series itself, visit the FAQs.
Each title is followed by a hashtag you can use on social media or via SMS to vote for your favorite book if you want to participate in selecting the nation’s best-loved book. You can also vote on the PBS website, or simply let ThriftBooks help you read and build a collection of the 100 best books ever!