Books That Shaped America

My husband saw a show on CSPAN about a exhibition by the Library of Congress on Books That Shaped America. Their website describes it this way:

“This list is a starting point,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.”

“We hope you will view the list, nominate other titles, and most importantly, choose to read and discuss some of the books on this list, reflecting America’s unique and extraordinary literary heritage, which the Library of Congress makes available to the world.”

My husband and I immediately started thinking of what books we would put on the list. Here are our suggestions: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Jungle, Moby Dick, Grapes of Wrath, Silent Spring, Native Son and probably books by Faulkner, Updike, Studs Terkel and Hawthorne.

Before you look at the list, try to think of what books you would put on the list. It includes some poetry and short pieces as well as books.

Here are the linkable lists (in 2 sections because of the size.)

Books That Shaped America Part 1

Books That Shaped America Part 2