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Here are another 88 reasons to read books this summer



Hey, there! Check your book shelves for titles that might have made the Library of Congress’ list of “Books that Shaped America,” a list of 88 volumes just released on June 22.

How many of the titles listed below do you have in your collection? How many have you read? Your PN editor is ecstatic to be familiar with most titles and admits to reading many, thanks to suggested reading  in high school and college. Plus, she figures she’s read Goodnight Moon at least a gazillion times, sometimes in her sleep!

In the unlikely event you haven’t  read a single one of them, find 88 more reasons to visit the Naperville Public Library this summer.

Some books are classics that you’ll surely want to purchase  at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville.

The Library of Congress will feature “Books that Shaped America” during an upcoming exhibit in Washington.

Librarian of Congress James Billington said in an Associated Press story that the titles aren’t meant as “best” books. Instead, he said the library wants to inspire  conversation about literature that influenced the nation.

The Library of Congress  is looking for public feedback to nominate additional titles at www.loc.gov/bookfest.

Here’s the full list with publication dates from the Library of Congress:

– Benjamin Franklin, “Experiments and Observations on Electricity” (1751).

– Benjamin Franklin, “Poor Richard Improved” (1758)

– Thomas Paine, “Common Sense” (1776).

– Noah Webster, “A Grammatical Institute of the English Language” (1783).

– “The Federalist” (1787).

– “A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible” (1788).

– Christopher Colles, “A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America” (1789).

– Benjamin Franklin, “The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D.” (1793).

– Amelia Simmons, “American Cookery” (1796).

– “New England Primer” (1803).

– Meriwether Lewis, “History of the Expedition Under the Command of the Captains Lewis and Clark” (1814).

– Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (1820).

– William Holmes McGuffey, “McGuffey’s Newly Revised Eclectic Primer” (1836).

– Samuel Goodrich, “Peter Parley’s Universal History” (1837).

– Frederick Douglass, “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” (1845).

– Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Scarlet Letter” (1850).

– Herman Melville, “Moby-Dick”; or, “The Whale” (1851).

– Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1852).

– Henry David Thoreau, “Walden;” or, “Life in the Woods” (1854).

– Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass” (1855).

– Louisa May Alcott, “Little Women,” or, “Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy” (1868).

– Horatio Alger Jr., “Mark, the Match Boy” (1869).

– Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, “The American Woman’s Home” (1869).

– Mark Twain, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1884).

– Emily Dickinson, “Poems” (1890).

– Jacob Riis, “How the Other Half Lives” (1890).

– Stephen Crane, “The Red Badge of Courage” (1895).

– L. Frank Baum, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (1900).

– Sarah H. Bradford, “Harriet, the Moses of Her People” (1901).

– Jack London, “The Call of the Wild” (1903).

– W.E.B. Du Bois, “The Souls of Black Folk” (1903).

– Ida Tarbell, “The History of Standard Oil” (1904).

– Upton Sinclair, “The Jungle” (1906).

– Henry Adams, “The Education of Henry Adams” (1907).

– William James, “Pragmatism” (1907).

– Zane Grey, “Riders of the Purple Sage” (1912). ”

– Edgar Rice Burroughs, “Tarzan of the Apes” (1914).

– Margaret Sanger, “Family Limitation” (1914).

– William Carlos Williams, “Spring and All” (1923).

– Robert Frost, “New Hampshire” (1923).

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby” (1925).

– Langston Hughes, “The Weary Blues” (1925).

– William Faulkner, “The Sound and the Fury” (1929).

– Dashiell Hammett, “Red Harvest” (1929).

– Irma Rombauer, “Joy of Cooking” (1931).

– Margaret Mitchell, “Gone With the Wind” (1936).

– Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” (1936).

– Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (1937).

– Federal Writers’ Project, “Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures” (1937).

– Thornton Wilder, “Our Town: A Play” (1938).

– “Alcoholics Anonymous” (1939).

– John Steinbeck, “The Grapes of Wrath” (1939).

– Ernest Hemingway, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1940).

– Richard Wright, “Native Son” (1940).

– Betty Smith, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1943).

– Benjamin A. Botkin, “A Treasury of American Folklore” (1944).

– Gwendolyn Brooks, “A Street in Bronzeville” (1945).

– Benjamin Spock, “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” (1946).

– Eugene O’Neill, “The Iceman Cometh” (1946).

– Margaret Wise Brown, “Goodnight Moon” (1947).

– Tennessee Williams, “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1947).

– Alfred C. Kinsey, “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” (1948).

– J.D. Salinger, “The Catcher in the Rye” (1951).

– Ralph Ellison, “Invisible Man” (1952).

– E.B. White, “Charlotte’s Web” (1952).

– Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” (1953).

– Allen Ginsberg, “Howl” (1956).

– Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged” (1957).

– Dr. Seuss, “The Cat in the Hat” (1957).

– Jack Kerouac, “On the Road” (1957).

-Harper Lee, “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960).

– Joseph Heller, “Catch-22” (1961).

– Robert E. Heinlein, “Stranger in a Strange Land” (1961).

– Jack Ezra Keats, “The Snowy Day” (1962).

– Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are” (1963).

-James Baldwin, “The Fire Next Time” (1963).

– Betty Friedan, “The Feminine Mystique” (1963).

– Malcolm X and Alex Haley, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” (1965).

– Ralph Nader, “Unsafe at Any Speed” (1965).

– Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” (1962).

– Truman Capote, “In Cold Blood” (1966).

– James D. Watson, “The Double Helix” (1968),

– Dee Brown, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (1970).

– Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, “Our Bodies, Ourselves” (1971).

– Carl Sagan, “Cosmos” (1980).

– Toni Morrison, “Beloved” (1987).

– Randy Shilts, “And the Band Played On” (1987).

– Cesar Chavez, “The Words of Cesar Chavez” (2002).

Thanks for reading!


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