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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ | Book List Reveal | PBS

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– I am thrilled to
officially launch The Great American Read today. (applause) This is a big day. This is the launch. We are announcing the
100 most-loved books. More than 7,000
people were surveyed, and we came up with this list. It’s 100 books we want
people to take a look at. – So the next 10 novels are: – Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery. – The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. (applause) – It’s a call to
action, too, today. We want you to start
picking up the books, look through the list, see
what you like, start reading, and then share those
books with your friends or through social media. And most importantly, vote. – The Little Prince by
Antoine de Saint-Exupery. (applause) – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. (applause) – PBS is about
opening up your mind. It’s about great storytelling. It’s about what
connects us as people, and that’s the same
qualities of a good book. So I think it’s a natural fit. We’re hoping to
start a conversation and get people to fall in
love with novels again. And that is our list
of 100 favorite novels. (applause) The Great American Read
is really a celebration of the books that we love and an examination
of why we love them, what they say about
us as individuals and as a country and a culture. I’m Meredith Vieira. Help us choose
America’s favorite book on The Great American Read.

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15 thoughts on “THE GREAT AMERICAN READ | Book List Reveal | PBS”

  1. Albert ardis cohn says:

    I enjoy my reads. Mostly bios.

  2. CurveTheRain says:

    Game of Thrones as a series is on the list?

    You know that tv show based on a series of books? Yea lets just put the tv show in the list.

  3. Melisa Woodruff says:

    Love, love, love to read best entertainment of all.

  4. Kimberly Snyder says:

    I was so excited for this until I saw 50 Shades on here…What gives PBS? That book is written on a 7th grade level. I applaud including erotic fiction but there were so many better choices…Anne Rice perhaps….hmmm…

  5. Olive says:

    It would be great to be able to talk about this and other PBS shows but their sites don't have a forum — they make you join Facebook for any discussion.  Nothing very public about that, is there?

  6. Nick Findlay says:

    time for the internet and 4chan to hijack this poll get ready 1984 left behind twilight and 50 shades of grey will be the 5 most loved american books! pbs here we come.We hijacked times person of the year and now we are gonna hijack this

  7. muddi900 says:

    Americans don't read!

  8. Benjamin Burke says:

    I love the idea of the program, but there were definitely some oddball inclusions, while passing over some the most important fiction writers. Sinclair Lewis, Ray Bradbury, WIlliam Faulkner, James Joyce, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Franz Kafka, Laurence Stern, Victor Hugo, John Milton, all snubbed. Oh, well, I guess that's what happens when you have to limit yourself to only 100.

  9. Alchemist1330 says:

    It's America's favorite book so be definition their list is correct. Even if 50 shades of grey sucks, it might be everyone's favorite.

  10. Milhouse says:

    Lord of the Rings

  11. Murdock Files says:

    50 Shades of Grey on the same list as Dune and Foundation? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat

  12. Vicky Swindoll says:

    Anything by James Patterson is great. if you like suspense. His chapters move quickly. Also The Cider House Rules is an excellent read.

  13. Richard Mattingly says:

    The list is a bad joke and for every great novel there's 2/3 pieces of pop culture garbage like The DaVinci Code/The Hunger Games to name a few. The icons are mostly there like Steinbeck, Twin, to Tolstoy etc but don't count on the finalists or quality to win after all Fifty Shade of garbage made it and the rather juvenile Left Behind religious series favored/starred in by Kirk Cameron..

  14. bongo fury says:

    A pathetic exercise in social commentary for liberal Democrats. From the hosts and guests to the horrendous canned laughter, a clear example of leftist, progressive, feminist, “colored folks” attempt at force feeding moral programming. Nice try whiners…..

  15. Carol Benson says:

    This was a fantastic series on PBS! Hopefully PBS will do this again!

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