The Great American Read

What We Do For Love We explore books that show what we do for love, in all its many forms.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

Download a PDF list of the 100 books here.

Voting is Open!

Now you’ve seen the list of 100 books, the next step is to vote for your favorites. Voting will open on May 22nd at 7pm, with the series launch special. You can cast your vote here on the site or on Twitter and Facebook using a hashtag for each book. Stay tuned for more details!


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Join the Book Club

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Read and discuss the novels on Facebook in The Great American Read Book Club