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The Great American Read

The Great American Read

Are you looking for a great book to read?  Are you curious to know which books have made an impact on other readers across the country? If so, you might want to visit PBS's The Great American Read website.  For their Great American Read  TV series, PBS selected the 100 best loved books in the United States based on an extensive national survey.  They are currently airing an 8-part series about the100 books, their authors and their effect on readers.  On The Great American Read website, you can look at a list of the top 100 books from this survey, read more about each individual book, vote for your favorite book, watch some of the series, and contribute your story about a book and its impact on your life.  You can even join The Great American Read"s Facebook book group if you are interested in discussing the novels with other readers.

Several of the books on the 100 list are MPHPL staff favorites.  In fact, staff members have found new favorite books through this list. Please click on the titles of the staff favorites below for availability at MPHPL, detailed descriptions, reviews and similar books.

Another book on the list is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Indiana's One State/One Story book for this fall.  Please see our calendar of events for Frankenstein programs and acitivites, including a book discussion and a craft program.

To find books from 100 list in MPHPL's catalog, you can use our Great American Read booklist.

If you want to learn more about the effect books have on readers, a new book at MPHPL, Maryanne Wolf's Reader, Come Home:  The Reading Brain in a Digital World, explores similar issues to the PBS series.  Another interesting book on this topic is Jane Mount's My Ideal Bookshelf, which includes discussions by celebrities of the books that have affected them.

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