American Favorites

Below is a list of the 63 books by American authors found on the PBS Great American Read list of 100 most-loved books in 2018.

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meany

John Irving

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Separate Peace

John Knowles

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson

Alex Cross Mysteries (series)

James Patterson

Another Country by James Baldwin

Another Country

James Baldwin

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand

Beloved by Toni Morrison


Toni Morrison

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Bless Me, Ultima

Rudolfo Anaya

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild

Jack London

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Charlotte’s Web

E.B. White

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

The Clan of the Cave Bear

Jean M. Auel

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

The Coldest Winter Ever

Sister Souljah

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown

Dune by Frank Herbert


Frank Herbert

Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

Flowers in the Attic

V.C. Andrews

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Foundation (series)

Isaac Asimov

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (series)

George R. R. Martin

Ghost by Jason Reynolds


Jason Reynolds

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson


Marilynne Robinson

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver

Lois Lowry

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

The Godfather

Mario Puzo

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone With the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hatchet (series)

Gary Paulsen

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help

Kathryn Stockett

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (series)

Suzanne Collins

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

The Hunt for Red October

Tom Clancy

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton

Left Behind by Jenkins and LaHaye

Left Behind (series)

Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Lonesome Dove

Larry McMurtry

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

John Green

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

Andy Weir

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden

Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt

Mind Invaders

Dave Hunt

Moby Dick by Herman Melville


Herman Melville

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (series)

Diana Gabaldon

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Outsiders

S.E. Hinton

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

The Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut

The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand

Stephen King

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Swan Song

Robert R. McCammon

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Tales of the City (series)

Armistead Maupin

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

This Present Darkness

Frank E. Peretti

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Twilight Saga (series)

Stephenie Meyer

Watchers by Dean Koontz


Dean Koontz

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time (series)

Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Where the Red Fern Grows

Wilson Rawls