Books That Shaped America


For a recent exhibit, “Books That Shaped America,” staff at the Library of Congress compiled a list of 88 books that “influenced us as a nation.”  Here are a few of the selections: 

Riders of the Purlple Sage. Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey WES GRE
When a young woman is persecuted after refusing to marry the man her father has chosen, a notorious gunman comes to her aid. 

The Iceman Cometh. The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill 812 O’Neill
A group of alcoholics and misfits at a bar wait for a friend's annual arrival, but this time his visit is anything but usual.

Charlotte's Web. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White JFIC WHI
A little girl saves the life of her dear friend with the help of a rat and a beautiful spider named Charlotte.

The Double Helix. The Double Helix by James D. Watson 572.86 W
Renowned scientist James Watson shares the story of the rush – with fellow scientist Francis Crick -- to be first to uncover the structure of DNA.

Joy of Cooking. Joy of Cooking by Irma von Starkloff  Rombauer 641.5 R
Irma Rombauer teaches the novice how to cook virtually anything with recipes illustrated and first tested by her daughter.

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass B Douglass
Born into slavery, Douglass recounts the harsh realities of life that led to his evolution as a self-made man waging a fight against injustice.

Tarzan of the Apes. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs FIC BUR
After the death of his parents, Lord and Lady Greystoke, young John Clayton’sis taken in by apes and learns to survive in the jungle.

Red Harvest. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett  MYS HAM
The last honest citizen of Poisonville is murdered and now the guilty must be tracked down and punished.


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