Books that shaped America

There’s an article in the Post today on the Library of Congress’ list of “Books That Shaped America”.  The analysis?  Eh.  But the list itself is fascinating, and not nearly as high-brow and classics-heavy as most Big Book lists are.  See it here.

The list includes fiction and non-fiction, kids’ books, cook books, muckraking, political manifestos, social commentary, books I’ve never heard of and books that any product of American public education probably had to read for American Lit in middle or high school.  It even includes Kinsey on sexual behavior and Dr. Spock on childcare.  Fascinating stuff.  I might even print it out and make an effort to read that books (the majority of the list) that I haven’t read.  I never do that with Big Book lists…


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