PBS’s Great American Read and Historical Fiction Fans

The Great American Read is a PBS reading initiative to find the best-loved novel of the American people.

PBS started out with a national survey to compile a starter list of one hundred favorite titles. This list was revealed in a two-hour launch episode on May 22, 2018. Five one-hour episodes exploring themes common to groups of books on the list are planned. Nationwide voting started after the launch in May, and will continue until October 18, 2018. The winner will be announced in a finale on October 23, 2018. 

The list is wonderfully diverse. It includes classics such as Don Quixotemodern bestsellers such as Americanah, and genre classics such as 1984. The historical fiction genre is well represented with many great titles to choose from. Click here to learn more about the program, explore the list of one hundred books, and vote for your favorites. Click the link below for my favorite historical fiction titles on the list.

10 Great Historical Fiction Reads on the Great American Read List

List created by BostonPL_EileenS

PBS's Great American Read initiative lists 100 titles, chosen by a national survey, that Americans say are among their best-loved novels. The list include works of classic, popular, and genre fiction. Check out my top 10 favorite historical fiction novels from the list.

Death narrates the story in this novel of a young girl growing up in World War II-era Germany.

The first volume in Auel's bestselling series about life in prehistoric Europe.

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, an elderly Midwestern Congregational minister, anticipating his death, writes down the history of his family, from the Civil War to the mid-twentieth century for the benefit of his young son.

Mitchell's classic tale of romance, and survival, during the Civil War and Reconstruction. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

In this novel set in Jackson, MS in the 1960s, three women join forces to write a tell-all book about working as a black maid in the segregated South.

Two former Texas Rangers, looking for adventure, join a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Life as a geisha in Japan in the 1930s and 1940s.

A compelling love story set in 18th-century Scotland. The first entry in the bestselling Outlander series.

This medieval epic is set in 12th-century England and focuses on the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. The story of the town, and its people, continues in "World Without End" and "A Column of Fire."

Achebe's classic novel of tribal life in pre-colonial Nigeria, and the effects of European colonialism on traditional tribal ways.

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