The Great American Read is a 9-hour, 8-episode PBS documentary series and public service campaign that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a nationally-representative survey). It investigates how and why writers create their imaginary worlds, how we as readers are personally affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.
PBS’ The Great American Read list of 100 books was revealed on Friday, April 20, at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan. Penguin Random House imprints publish 59 of the 100 titles, including AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Díaz, THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E L James, THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood, GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green, THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton and READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline.