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The Great American Reading List

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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 survey). 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 features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

We can't wait to see which book will take the top spot! Below, we've gathered the 100 novels featured on the program. How many have you read? How many do you want to read? Order your books here or come into the store and talk with us about your favorites.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

1984 Cover Image
$19.84
ISBN: 9781328869333
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 4th, 2017

A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802130204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062204097
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2012

A Separate Peace Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780743253970
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2003

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060736262
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 6th, 2018

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141321103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

The Alchemist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062315007
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014

Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780446364195
Availability: Backordered
Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 1st, 1993

The Alex Cross Mysteries


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell (Introduction by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141321073
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - June 19th, 2008

Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

And Then There Were None Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062073471
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 18th, 2011

Anne of Green Gables Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781770497313
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Published: Tundra Books - September 9th, 2014

Another Country (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679744719
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Atlas Shrugged Cover Image
By Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff (Introduction by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780452011878
Availability: Backordered
Published: NAL - August 1st, 1999

Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Bless Me, Ultima Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780446675369
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 1999

The Book Thief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594483295
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Jack London, Melvin Burgess (Introduction by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141321059
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316769174
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 2001

Charlotte's Web: Full Color Edition Cover Image
By E. B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator), Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780064410939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - October 2nd, 2001

The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: 7 Books in 1 Box Set Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$55.93
ISBN: 9780064405379
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Published: HarperCollins - July 1st, 1994

The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553381672
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Published: Bantam - June 25th, 2002

The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743270106
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 20th, 2005

The Color Purple Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156028356
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - May 28th, 2003

The Count of Monte Cristo Cover Image
By Alexandre Dumas pere, Robin Buss (Translated by), Robin Buss (Introduction by), Robin Buss (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140449266
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2003

Crime and Punishment: Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679734505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 1993

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400032716
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307277671
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Published: Anchor - March 28th, 2006

Don Quixote Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060934347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - April 26th, 2005

Doña Barbara: A Novel Cover Image
By Rómulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy (Translated by), Larry McMurtry (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780226279206
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 3rd, 2012

Dune (Penguin Galaxy) Cover Image
By Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by), Brian Herbert (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780143111580
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345803481
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2012

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781476775852
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Published: Gallery Books - January 7th, 2014

Foundation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553382570
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - April 29th, 2008

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Cover Image
By Mary Shelley, Charlotte Gordon (Introduction by), Charlotte Gordon (Contributions by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780143131847
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 16th, 2018

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553381689
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Published: Bantam - May 28th, 2002

Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

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Gilead: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312424404
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - January 10th, 2006

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544336261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

Godfather Cover Image
$17.75
ISBN: 9780099528128
Availability: Special Order
Published: Arrow Books - June 1st, 2009

Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307588371
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Published: Broadway Books - April 22nd, 2014

Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451635621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Great Expectations: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Tanya Agathocleous (Introduction by), Tom Haugomat (Illustrator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143106272
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - December 28th, 2010

The Great Gatsby Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743273565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

Gulliver's Travels (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
By Jonathan Swift, Claude Rawson (Editor), Ian Higgins (Editor)
$7.95
ISBN: 9780199536849
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 1st, 2008

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7 Cover Image
$205.93
ISBN: 9780545044257
Availability: Backordered
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2007

Hatchet Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2006

Heart of Darkness: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Joseph Conrad, Adam Hochschild (Introduction by), Maya Jasanoff (Afterword by), Timothy Hayes (Notes by), Mike Mignola (Illustrator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143106586
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - August 28th, 2012

The Help Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780345418913
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Published: Del Rey - June 23rd, 1997

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780545626385
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 24th, 2013

The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425269367
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Published: Berkley - November 5th, 2013

The Intuitionist: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2000

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Jane Eyre (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780307455192
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2009

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143038092
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

Jurassic Park: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780345538987
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 25th, 2012

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781414334905
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - April 1st, 2011

The Little Prince Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780156012195
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Published: Mariner Books - June 29th, 2000

Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147514011
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Speak - December 28th, 2006

The Lord of the Rings Deluxe Edition Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544273443
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 29th, 2013

The Lovely Bones Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316168816
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 20th, 2004

The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679781585
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - January 10th, 1999

Mind Invaders Cover Image
$19.79
ISBN: 9781928660354
Availability: Special Order
Published: Berean Call - April 22nd, 2007

Moby Dick Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062085641
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 7th, 2011

The Notebook Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781455558025
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 14th, 2014

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385319959
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Published: Delta - August 10th, 1998

The Outsiders Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780142407332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Speak - April 20th, 2006

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780375751516
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Modern Library - June 1st, 1998

The Pilgrim's Progress (Moody Classics) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780802456540
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Published: Moody Publishers - October 1st, 2007

The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780451222138
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2nd, 2007

Pride and Prejudice (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780307386861
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Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2007

Ready Player One: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307887443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

Rebecca Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780380730407
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

The Shack Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780964729230
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Published: Windblown Media - July 1st, 2008

Siddhartha: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Hermann Hesse, Joachim Neugroschel (Translated by), Ralph Freedman (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142437186
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Sirens of Titan: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

The Stand Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307947307
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Published: Anchor - August 7th, 2012

The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743297332
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Published: Scribner - October 17th, 2006

Swan Song Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781501131424
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Published: Pocket Books - July 26th, 2016

Tales of the City: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061358302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2007

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - March 19th, 2013

Things Fall Apart: A Novel Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780385474542
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1994

This Present Darkness Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781581345285
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Published: Crossway Books - June 26th, 2003

To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

The Twilight Saga White Collection Cover Image
$65.00
ISBN: 9780316243988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2012

War and Peace (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781400079988
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Published: Vintage - December 2nd, 2008

Watchers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425221808
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Published: Berkley - May 6th, 2008

The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time' Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780765334336
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Published: Tor Books - May 8th, 2012

Where the Red Fern Grows Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440412670
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Published: Yearling - September 1st, 1996

White Teeth: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375703867
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2001

Wuthering Heights (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Emily Bronte, Diane Johnson (Introduction by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780375756443
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Published: Modern Library - November 28th, 2000