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Monday, July 9, 2012

Eighty-eight Books that Shaped America

The Library of Congress has your summer reading list! Or rather, they have complied a list of the 88 most influential books written by American authors. The only author with more than one book on the list is Benjamin Franklin, who has three.
The list includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, plays, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children’s books. The list includes 26 books published since 1950, 35 published from 1900 to 1950, 15 published from 1850 to 1900, six published from 1800 to 1850 and nine published before 1800.
For those who can get to Washington, the Library of Congress has the books on exhibit through Sept.  29. Those who can’t get there to see the books in person are welcome to take the Library of Congress’ online survey, which asks readers which of the big list of books they think are most significant.
I would bet your local library has quite a few of them. Check out the entire list at the L.A. Times. How many have you already read?

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