What classic should we read next?

The Library of Congress released the list of 88 Books That Shaped America in July. We did a lively show about what made the list and what didn’t but Kerri thought it would be fun to follow up with more shows about particular books on the list.

Today, we’re talking about ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’ What other book from the list should we devote a show to and why?

What should be on the list that didn’t make it?

Check out the list here.

–Stephanie Curtis, social media host

  • Michelle

    I think a re-read of the novel “Of Mice and Men” is in order. With what seems like an ever-more connected world, so many are alone and misunderstood, not receiving the basic human connection to help them function well in society (or being shunned because they are not ‘the norm’). Could tie into a discussion about bullying, respecting those differently-abled, etc.

  • georges

    Devote a show to Walden.

    It is a short book, yet contains more real wisdom than all other American books combined.

    Also, Moby Dick, which is still the Greatest American Novel ever written. The GAN.

    Michelle: Of Mice and Men is not on the list.

  • Stephanie

    He’s right about it not being on the list, but that is my fault. If you just read the headline, you might not glance at the list.

    Of Mice and Men would be a great read and discussion.

  • Stephanie

    Kerri just announced the next two books:

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    But we need that pick for December. What should it be?

  • Lindsay

    I don’t think you can have a discussion of influential American literature without talking about The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn. At first read, it could seem like a simple childhood story, but Mark Twain looked at life in a very different way, and he made the main character, not only poor, but a child. This book was very revolutionary for its time.

  • Jeff

    I would read, Our Bodies, Ourselves. It is a highly significant book in several ways and almost certainly would generate a spirited and important discussion.

  • JBlilie

    Wow, so many great choices!

    My favorites:

    The Grapes of Wrath

    To Kill A Mockingbird

    Common Sense

    For Whom the Bell Tolls

    In Cold Blood

    Silent Spring

    If I had to pick just one, It would be: Common Sense. More people need to read Tom Paine. It’s a wonderfully clearly written essay and explains the need for a new government in the then Colonies.