Great American Reads

Recommendation List - Great American Reads

Recommendation List

GREAT AMERICAN READS

These are America’s 100 most-loved books, brought to you by PBS' The Great American Read. This is a list curated by readers, not by critics or academics - which means it is truly a list of reader favorites. They are listed in order from most favorite to least, but everything on this list is here because a ton of readers really loved it. 

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Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
9781451635621
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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web E. B. White, Garth Williams, Kate DiCamillo
9780061124952
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The Chronicles of Narnia: 7 Books in 1 Paperback

The Chronicles of Narnia: 7 Books in 1 Paperback C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes
9780066238500
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Jane Eyre (Dover Thrift Editions)

Jane Eyre (Dover Thrift Editions) Charlotte Brontë
9780486424491
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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables L. M. Montgomery
9780553213133
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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott, Robert DeMott
9780143039433
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed]

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] Betty Smith
9780060736262
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The Book Thief

The Book Thief Markus Zusak
9780375842207
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The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition

The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition F. Scott Fitzgerald
9780743273565
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The Help

The Help Kathryn Stockett
9780425232200
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Dover Thrift Editions) Mark Twain
9780486400778
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1984

1984 George Orwell, Erich Fromm
9780451524935
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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
9780062073488
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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
9780451191144
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Wuthering Heights (Dover Thrift Editions)

Wuthering Heights (Dover Thrift Editions) Emily Brontë
9780486292564
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel

Lonesome Dove: A Novel Larry McMurtry
9781439195260
$18.95
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The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge #1)

The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge #1) Ken Follett
9780451166890
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The Stand

The Stand Stephen King
9780307947307
$16.95
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Rebecca

Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
9780380730407
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A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving
9780062204226
$7.99
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The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan
9781250251466
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (The Macmillan Alice)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (The Macmillan Alice) Lewis Carroll, Sir John Tenniel
9781447279990
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Great Expectations (Dover Thrift Editions)

Great Expectations (Dover Thrift Editions) Charles Dickens
9780486415864
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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
9780316769488
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Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
9780440412670
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The Outsiders

The Outsiders S. E. Hinton
9780142407332
$9.95
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The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2)

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) Dan Brown
9780307474278
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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Margaret Atwood
9780385490818
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Dune

Dune Frank Herbert
9780441172719
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The Little Prince

The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Richard Howard
9780156012195
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The Call of the Wild (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Call of the Wild (Dover Thrift Editions) Jack London
9780486264721
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The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One

The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One Jean M. Auel
9780553250428
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
9780345391803
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The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One)

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One) Suzanne Collins
9780439023528
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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss, Robin Buss, Robin Buss
9780140449266
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The Joy Luck Club: A Novel (Penguin Orange Collection)

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel (Penguin Orange Collection) Amy Tan
9780143129493
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Frankenstein (Dover Thrift Editions)

Frankenstein (Dover Thrift Editions) Mary Shelley
9780486282114
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The Giver (Giver Quartet #1)

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Lois Lowry
9780544336261
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Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Arthur Golden
9780679781585
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Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions)

Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions) Herman Melville
9780486432151
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Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley
9781451626650
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A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One George R. R. Martin
9780553573404
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Foundation

Foundation Isaac Asimov
9780553293357
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War and Peace (Dover Thrift Editions)

War and Peace (Dover Thrift Editions) Leo Tolstoy
9780486816432
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Zora Neale Hurston
9780060838676
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Jurassic Park: A Novel

Jurassic Park: A Novel Michael Crichton
9780345538987
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The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition

The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Anthony Puzo, Robert J. Thompson
9780451205766
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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dover Thrift Editions) Oscar Wilde
9780486278070
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The Notebook

The Notebook Nicholas Sparks
9781455582877
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The Shack

The Shack William P. Young
9780964729230
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A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book)

A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy
9780802130204
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The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel #1)

The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel #1) Tom Clancy
9780425240335
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Beloved (Vintage International)

Beloved (Vintage International) Toni Morrison
9781400033416
$13.60
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The Martian: A Novel

The Martian: A Novel Andy Weir
9780553418026
$14.95
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The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan
9781250251466
$10.99
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Siddhartha: A Novel

Siddhartha: A Novel Hermann Hesse
9780553208849
$5.91
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Crime and Punishment (Dover Thrift Editions)

Crime and Punishment (Dover Thrift Editions) Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett
9780486415871
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The Sun Also Rises: The Authorized Edition

The Sun Also Rises: The Authorized Edition Ernest Hemingway
9780743297332
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Mark Haddon
9781400032716
$12.75
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A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace John Knowles
9780743253970
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Don Quixote (Dover Thrift Editions)

Don Quixote (Dover Thrift Editions) Miguel De Cervantes, Tobias Smollett
9780486821955
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The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
9780316168816
$14.95
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The Alchemist

The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
9780062315007
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Hatchet

Hatchet Gary Paulsen
9781416936473
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Invisible Man (Vintage International)

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Ralph Ellison
9780679732761
$14.95
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Twilight (The Twilight Saga #1)

Twilight (The Twilight Saga #1) Stephenie Meyer
9780316015844
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Tales of the City: A Novel

Tales of the City: A Novel Armistead Maupin
9780061358302
$13.59
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Gulliver's Travels (Dover Thrift Editions)

Gulliver's Travels (Dover Thrift Editions) Jonathan Swift
9780486292731
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Ready Player One (Movie Tie-In): A Novel

Ready Player One (Movie Tie-In): A Novel Ernest Cline
9780804190145
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Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
9781414334905
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Gone Girl: A Novel

Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn
9780307588371
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Watchers

Watchers Dean Koontz
9780425188804
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The Pilgrim's Progress (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Pilgrim's Progress (Dover Thrift Editions) John Bunyan
9780486426754
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Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1)

Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1) James Patterson
9781455523566
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Things Fall Apart: A Novel

Things Fall Apart: A Novel Chinua Achebe
9780385474542
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Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions)

Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions) Joseph Conrad
9780486264646
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Gilead (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

Gilead (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Marilynne Robinson
9780312424404
$12.00
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Flowers in the Attic: 40th Anniversary Edition (Dollanganger #1)

Flowers in the Attic: 40th Anniversary Edition (Dollanganger #1) V.C. Andrews
9781982108106
$14.95
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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series #1)

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series #1) E L. James
9780345803481
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The Sirens of Titan: A Novel

The Sirens of Titan: A Novel Kurt Vonnegut
9780385333498
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This Present Darkness

This Present Darkness Frank E. Peretti
9781581345285
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Americanah

Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
9780307455925
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Another Country (Vintage International)

Another Country (Vintage International) James Baldwin
9780679744719
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Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
9780446600255
$6.80
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Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska John Green
9780142402511
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
9781594483295
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Swan Song

Swan Song Robert McCammon
9781501131424
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Mind Invaders

Mind Invaders Dave Hunt
9781928660354
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White Teeth: A Novel (Vintage International)

White Teeth: A Novel (Vintage International) Zadie Smith
9780375703867
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Ghost (Track #1)

Ghost (Track #1) Jason Reynolds
9781481450164
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The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel

The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel Sister Souljah
9780743270106
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The Intuitionist: A Novel

The Intuitionist: A Novel Colson Whitehead
9780385493000
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Doña Barbara: A Novel

Doña Barbara: A Novel Rómulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy, Larry McMurtry
9780226279206
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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
9780060935467
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Outlander: A Novel

Outlander: A Novel Diana Gabaldon
9780440212560
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
9780590353427
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Pride and Prejudice (Dover Thrift Editions)

Pride and Prejudice (Dover Thrift Editions) Jane Austen
9780486284736
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The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
9780618640157
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