88 Books that Shaped America

What books have shaped your life? Certainly many folks can list “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “The Great Gatsby” or “How to Win Friends and Influence People” as definitive books in their lives. Well, now The Library of Congress wants to know your thoughts for a newly opened exhibit entitled “Books that Shaped America.” Starting with an initial listing of 88 titles, the library wants the public to nominate other books for inclusion.

“This list is a starting point,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books—although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.” Other notable titles on the list include “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Moby-Dick,” “The Cat in the Hat,” and “Gone with the Wind.” To the see the full list visit the The Library of Congress.

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