Books that Shaped America

Liste americane…libri da leggere, libri per pensare…

The Syosset Public Library Blog

Celebration-of-the-BookLast year, as part of its Celebration of the Book, the Library of Congress released a list of books that “provoked thought, controversy and change.” The list started with 88 books but public discussion and suggestions has seen it grow to 100 titles.

Not all of them would be considered “the best books.” Nor are they the most popular. You might not even recognize some of the titles! And there are surely books that you feel should have been included but were not.

snowy daywherre the wild things areThere are political books, histories, westerns, schoolbooks, plays, poems, self-help and novels. Children’s books are represented by The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

The first book (the oldest one) is The Bay Psalm Book, a hymnal by Stephen Daye.  Dating back to 1640 it was the first book printed in what is now the United…

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