There is a brilliant show on PBS airing now called The Great American Read. Each week the show focuses on one category of engaging books, ultimately showcasing the 100 greatest.
PBS description of the show:
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 show began on May 22nd, but all episodes can be watched at PBS online.
The finale episode, which airs on October 23rd, will reveal what book
viewers have chosen as their most beloved. Voting is already open and will end on
October 18th. It is helpful to have a copy of the full 100 books list as you watch the show.
You can check off what you have read and see any selections you may want
to add to your reading list. This list is also helpful if you
decide to vote for your most cherished book.
Who will you vote for? What book did not make the list that should have?
Whether your favorite is on the list or not, this show brings up an interesting discussion.
I am curious to see who wins and am enjoying watching all the analysis on the program.
If you are a book lover and can appreciate how intriguing a book conversation can be
then tune in to PBS for The Great American Read!
Titles from the Great American Read list you may be interested in:
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