The 88 books that shaped America

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The 88 books that shaped America

Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:50 am

... according to the Library of Congress, here they are.

I had been thinking about how all the books I read are so old, and wondering if I might be missing out, but this list has only 4 books published in the last 40 years, and one of them is by Carl Sagan. Rolling Eyes

And who in blazes is Randy Shilts?

1. Benjamin Franklin, Experiments and Observations on Electricity (1751)
2. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard Improved (1758) and The Way to Wealth
3. Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)
4. Noah Webster, A Grammatical Institute of the English Language (1783)
5. The Federalist (1787)
6. A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible (1788)
7. Christopher Colles, A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America (1789)
8. Benjamin Franklin, The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D. (1793)
9. Amelia Simmons, American Cookery (1796)
10. New England Primer (1803)
11. Meriwether Lewis, History of the Expedition Under the Command of the Captains Lewis and Clark (1814)
12. Washington Irving, TheLegend of Sleepy Hollow (1820)
13. William Holmes McGuffey, McGuffey's Newly Revised Eclectic Primer (1836)
14. Samuel Goodrich, Peter Parley's Universal History (1837)
15. Frederick Douglass, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845)
16. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1850)
17. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851)
18. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
19. Henry David Thoreau, Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854)
20. Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1855)
21. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy (1868)
22. Horatio Alger Jr., Mark, the Match Boy (1869)
23. Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, The American Woman's Home (1869)
24. Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
25. Emily Dickinson, Poems (1890)
26. Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives (1890)
27. Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage (1895)
28. L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
29. Sarah H. Bradford, Harriet, the Moses of Her People (1901)
30. Ida Tarbell, The History of Standard Oil (1904)
31. Jack London, The Call of the Wild (1903)
32. W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
33. Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)
34. Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (1907)
35. William James, Pragmatism (1907)
36. Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)
37. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes (1914)
38. Margaret Sanger, Family Limitation (1914)
39. William Carlos Williams, Spring and All (1923)
40. Robert Frost, New Hampshire (1923)
41. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
42. Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues (1925)
43. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929)
44. Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest (1929)
45. Irma Rombauer, Joy of Cooking (1931)
46. Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)
47. Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)
48. Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
49. Federal Writers' Project, Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures (1937)
50. Thornton Wilder, Our Town: A Play (1938)
51. Alcoholics Anonymous (1939)
52. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
53. Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
54. Richard Wright, Native Son (1940)
55. Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)
56. Benjamin A. Botkin, A Treasury of American Folklore (1944)
57. Gwendolyn Brooks, A Street in Bronzeville (1945)
58. Benjamin Spock, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946)
59. Eugene O'Neill, The Iceman Cometh (1946)
60. Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon (1947)
61. Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire (1947)
62. Alfred C. Kinsey, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948)
63. J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
64. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
65. E. B. White, Charlotte's Web (1952)
66. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
67. Allen Ginsberg, Howl (1956)
68. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)
69. Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat (1957)
70. Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)
71. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
72. Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)
73. Robert E. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
74. Jack Ezra Keats, The Snowy Day (1962)
75. Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are (1963)
76. James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)
77. Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (1963)
78. Malcolm X and Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)
79. Ralph Nader, Unsafe at Any Speed (1965)
80. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962)
81. Truman Capote, In Cold Blood (1966)
82. James D. Watson, The Double Helix (1968)
83. Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970)
84. Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Our Bodies, Ourselves (1971)
85. Carl Sagan, Cosmos (1980)
86. Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
87. Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On (1987)
88. César Chávez, The Words of César Chávez (2002)

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Re: The 88 books that shaped America

Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:22 pm

First appearance April 15, 1943.

88 Keyes was a piano player with a penchant for money and and a penchant for murdering. He murdered the millionaire A.B. Helmet and ran off with Helmet's wife and and ran off with Helmet's money coins. He later murdered his accomplice singer Jinny Lin and
kept her corpse in his piano and put it in storage. While he was on the run with Mrs. Helmet, she fell asleep and he left her to die on the train tracks right as a train was going by. 88 evaded the police and took a job on a farm as hired hands under the alias Mr. Smith.

The farmer's adolescent daughter Nellie noticed how well 88 played his organ and began to show very much great affection for him, which repulsed him, in fact. 88 disposed of his musician's union card by tearing it up and tossing the pieces in one of the farm's milk cans. This can eventually made its way to a city, where it was found and attracted the attention of Dick, who was investigating murder.

Taking advantage of Nellie's bold affections, 88 convinced her to help him hide from Dick. She then agreed to help him steal her father's car an make his escape. Nellie hid in the car as well, eventually revealing her presence to 88, who was annoyed at the added complication. He had Nellie disguise herself as a boy to avoid detection.

They soon encountered Red Bluff, an AWOL Navy Seaman and old friend of Nellie's family.


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Re: The 88 books that shaped America

Post  felix on Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:11 am






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Re: The 88 books that shaped America

Post  blue moon on Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:25 am



An eighty-eight butterfly (Diaethria neglecta) in Brazil’s Pantanal displays the design of lines and dots that gave it its unusual common name.
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Re: The 88 books that shaped America

Post  blue moon on Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:28 am



"Eighty-eight" is jazz slang for a piano.
Because a piano has 88 keys.

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