The Great American Read

Grand Finale

The final episode will celebrate all 100 books and unveil the #1 best-loved book.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

Download a PDF list of the 100 books here.

Explore More from The Great American Read

How Many Books Have You Read?

Have you read all 100 books? Find out by taking the reading scorecard quiz to get your score and share with your friends!

Meet the host, Meredith Vieira

As host, Meredith Vieira will take viewers on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels.

Join the Book Club

Get ready to read and discuss the novels, go to Facebook to join The Great American Read Book Club.

Milwaukee PBS | The Great American Read: Patricia Gomez

Patricia Gomez talks about her favorite book, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

What book will be voted number one in the Great American Read? Join Milwaukee PBS and our partners for the final unveiling, Tuesday, October 23rd . The first 200 people who REGISTER AND ATTEND will receive a special Great American Read swag bag!


The Great American Read
Watch Party

MATC's Cooley Auditorium
1015 N. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
M Building, 2nd Floor
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The Great American Read: Rinda McClendon

Rinda McClendon talks about Where the Red Fern Grows, one of the 100 books in the Great American Read.

Our Partners:
Funding Provided By:
Funding for The Great American Read is provided by The Anne Ray Foundation and PBS. In addition, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has provided grants, in partnership with PBS, to public media stations across the country to create local content and host screenings and forums to encourage summer reading and participation in the initiative.