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Who Will Save Our Books?
James is reading to take action about the state of books in the United States. Want to help? Print out this list of great literature, and put it where people can see.
Who will save our books?
Our bookstores?
Our libraries?
If there are no bookstores, no libraries, no serious publishers with passionate, dedicated, idealistic editors, what will happen to our literature? Who will discover and mentor new writers? Who will publish our important books? What will happen if there are no more books like these?
  • All the President's Men
    by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  • American Caesar:
    Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964

    by William Manchester
  • The Armies of the Night
    by Norman Mailer
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Best and the Brightest
    by David Halberstam
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Blood Meridian
    by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    by Junot Díaz
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye
    by J.D. Salinger
  • The Color Purple
    by Alice Walker
  • The Corrections
    by Jonathan Franzen
  • Different Seasons
    by Stephen King
  • Fahrenheit 451
    by Ray Bradbury
  • A Fan's Notes
    by Frederick Exley
  • The Forever War
    by Dexter Filkins
  • Gravity's Rainbow
    by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Great Gatsby
    by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Herzog by Saul Bellow
  • The Hours
    by Michael Cunningham
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    by Maya Angelou
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    by Brian Selznick
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • The Natural by Bernard Malamud
  • The Path Between the Seas
    by David McCullough
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Sometimes a Great Notion
    by Ken Kesey
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • The Sound and the Fury
    by William Faulkner
  • The Sun Also Rises
    by Ernest Hemingway
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
    by Zora Neale Hurston
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee
  • Underworld by Don DeLillo
  • The Wapshot Chronicle
    by John Cheever
  • A Wrinkle in Time
    by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Year of Magical Thinking
    by Joan Didion
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
    by Robert A. Caro

"The Federal Government has stepped in to save banks, and the automobile industry, but where are they on the important subject of books? Or, if the answer is state and local government, where are they? Is any state doing anything? Why are there no impassioned editorials in infl uential newspapers or magazines? Who will save our books? Our libraries? Our bookstores?"

James Patterson