Friday, December 21, 2012

Books That Shaped America

In June of this year, the Library of Congress began a multiyear Celebration of the Book with an interesting display of the Books That Shaped America.  Obviously, a topic like this will be pretty subjective, but Librarian of Congress, James Billington assures that it's not a list of the best books in America or even a comprehensive list of all the books that shaped our country.  Instead, he says, "It's a starting point." 

Either way, it's an interesting list to peruse and an interesting one to pull from for reading material.  It includes titles that, as Americans, maybe we should all go back and read, to remind us of how we started and where we came from. 

You can view the online exhibition alphabetically (strangely enough, in most cases, listed by the author's first name) or by theme, which in this case is fifty year time frames, dating from 1750 to 2000.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Ezra Jack Keats'  The Snowy Day

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

Dawn S. @ Warrenton


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