I love lists. Top ten lists and favorite things lists and bucket lists and wish lists. THIS is a cool list. It’s not the best books–rather it’s the top 80 books written by Americans that have shaped the nation. There’s fiction and non-fiction. Thre are children’s books and books for young adults. There’s poetry. There are books I love and at least one I loathe. But I agree, all of them have influenced America and many have influenced me.
On the website there’s a link to a survey that asks you to pick your top three MOST influential choices. It also invites you to nominate a book that’s not on the list. Oh. There are so many. How about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods? Or maybe Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love? Or how about Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh–a whole generation of women were touched by that. And then there’s Max Lucado . . . well. It’s great fun to think of American writers who have influenced America.
Here’s the list. What would you add?