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A journey through America that introduces our list of the 100 best-loved books and explores the many ways in which these novels affect, reflect and connect us all.

Tuesday 8:00 PM on PBS
1 Season, 8 Episodes
May 22, 2018
Documentary & Biography, Mini-Series, Reality, Talk & Interview
Cast: Meredith Vieira, Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael
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  • The finale crowns America's best-loved novel.

  • A look at literature's great alternative universes, including Middle Earth and Lilliput, and how they help readers better understand the real world.

  • Some of literature's most beautiful romances are featured. Also: the many forms of love, from family to passion to the unrequited type; and how America's best-loved novels reflect the things people do for love.

  • We explore the lessons from novels featuring America's favorite villains, monsters, and evil forces.

  • We highlight books on America's list that feature heroic characters and explore why we love them.

  • How do America's favorite novels about personal journeys help us understand our own identities?

  • Meredith Viera returns as The Great American Read hits high gear. After a summer of reading and voting for your favorite novels, see which books celebrities, authors, and other readers across the country are rooting for

  • The premiere of the series, which celebrates the power, passion and joy of reading through the lens of America's 100 best-loved books as chosen by the public.

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