The Great American Read
PBS is creating 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 Great American Read premieres Tues, May 22 at 7pm.
The list includes books from as far back as the 1600s and as recent as 2016. From beloved world literature to contemporary best sellers, many categories are represented: 20th century American classics, thrillers, young adult novels, sci-fi/fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, romantic stories and books that represent the human experience told from a diverse range of perspectives.
- What qualities do we want in a “Great American Read”?
- Does a best-loved book need to reflect American values or personal taste?
- What book do we hope is chosen? What book do we think will be chosen?
- What are we surprised to see on this list? What books or authors do we think are missing?
- Why haven’t we read more of these titles? What are we tempted to read after talking about this list?
HUSH Upcoming Episodes
- June 12 – Reading Around the World: Northeastern United States with guest Dr. Vanessa Steinroetter, Washburn University
- July 3 – 2Book Topeka Book Discussion: After Tupac and Foster D by Jacqueline Woodson and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom