Books That Shaped America – National Book Festival (Library of Congress).
The Library of Congress released this list of 88 books that shaped America– not necessarily the “best” books but the ones that have most influenced our lives, and probably our ideas of what it means to be American.
A number of these were assigned as required reading in high school English (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Scarlet Letter), others in high school or college-level history (The Jungle, The Souls of Black Folk); a lot are simply historically significant (The Feminine Mystique, Common Sense). AND they have kids books! (Where the Wild Things Are, Goodnight Moon)
It’s not the most exciting list, overall, but I like how it attempts to define the literature of the American psyche; and considering how incredibly familiar most of these titles are, it seems to succeed pretty well.
I’ve read 14 on the list, including most recently The Sound and the Fury— how about you?