PBS Releases "America's 100 Best-Loved Novels" in Advance of "The Great American Read"

What is America's most-loved novel? PBS gives viewers a list of 100 titles to choose from and an eight-part series to discuss the books and their impact.
It's difficult to imagine a booklist that would include Charlotte's Web and Fifty Shades of Grey, but now we have one—PBS's "America's 100 Best-Loved Novels." The list, which was compiled from a poll asking participants to name their favorite novel, will be the foundation for PBS's new show, "The Great American Read," which premieres on Tuesday, May 22. A panel of book industry professionals compiled the poll results. Authors can be represented by only one book, while series—such as "Harry Potter," which made the top 100—are listed as a single entry. "The Great American Read," hosted by Meredith Vieira, is an eight-part series, concluding with a viewer-voted "America's Best-Loved Novel." After the first episode airs, viewers will be able to vote online or by using #GreatReadPBS on Facebook and Twitter. In the fall, they will be able to text their votes. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRCF_qIPvnM[/embed] The series will feature interviews with authors including Jason Reynolds, John Green, George R.R. Martin, Junot Diaz, Gillian Flynn, and James Patterson, as well as celebrities, journalists, athletes, and public figures such as Seth Meyers, Venus Williams, Lauren Graham, Gayle King, Wynton Marsalis, Cynthia Nixon, Lesley Stahl, Chelsea Clinton, Chris Kluwe, Diane Lane, and more. They will share their stories and connections to their favorite book."Everyday Americans" will even have their say on the show, interviewed about a book's influence personally and in pop culture. Reynolds (Ghost), Green (Looking for Alaska), Martin ("Game of Thrones" series), Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), Flynn (Gone Girl), and Patterson ("Alex Cross" series) all have books on the list, which spans five centuries (from Don Quixote in 1603 to Ghost, published in 2016) with authors from 15 different countries and various genres represented. Take a look at mix of children's favorites, classics, and contemporary best-sellers on the list . Which should be named America's Best-Loved Novel?
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Michele Reddinger

How could Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn NOT be on the list? This book IS the conscience of America

Posted : Apr 29, 2018 11:13

Frank Hartzell

This list is destined to dumb down America's youth. Kids need to be exposed to great literature. If they don't read it when young, the chance for great art like "the Caged Bird Sings" or "Sophie's Choice" is lost. Henry James, Hunter S. Thompson, Harper Lee, James Joyce, Theodore Dreisser and Sinclair Lewis offer much to the young mind. There is plenty of time for political rants like Atlas Shrugged or Wonder Bread like Cage, Left Behind, Clancy and the DaVinci Code. We need ideas that challenge minds to venture out into the wilderness where the imaginary and real are intertwined into vines with fruit that is both sour and sweet. What are we teaching with this? Learning by popularity contest and trending? That's where fake news came from. Click and nod. Or read real literature and learn. The TV ads list To Kill a Mockingbird but not the list. Tom Sawyer but NOT Huck Finn? Vonnnegut but not Slaughterhouse? If only life was so simple and sweet.

Posted : Apr 24, 2018 08:07

Jane Galt

Oh my goodness, a list that has BLESS ME ULTIMA but not LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE? A book by Sister Souljah, but not TOM SAWYER? And we're talking about America's best-loved novels? Astonishing.

Posted : Apr 23, 2018 10:29

Rose LaBarge

Good news..The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is on the list. They used his well known pen name Mark Twain rather than Samuel Clemens. This list will definitely allow us to host some passionate debates in our community.

Posted : Apr 23, 2018 10:29


The list is compiled by a poll...Fifty Shades of Grey made the list, too. Not exactly scientific!

Posted : Apr 23, 2018 10:29




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