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The Great American Read

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.  

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

Check out the list of 100 books below:

Books: 
1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet -

A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802130204
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062204097
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2012

A Separate Peace Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743253970
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2003

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060736262
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 6th, 2018

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780141321103
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

The Alchemist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062315007
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Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014

Target: Alex Cross Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316273947
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 19th, 2018

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Anna Bond (Illustrator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780147515872
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Published: Puffin Books - October 27th, 2015

Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

And Then There Were None Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062073471
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 18th, 2011

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147514004
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Another Country (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679744719
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Atlas Shrugged Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451191144
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Published: Signet - September 1st, 1996

Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Bless Me, Ultima Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780446600255
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 1994

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The Book Thief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594483295
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

The Call of the Wild and Other Stories (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626864665
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Published: Canterbury Classics - October 1st, 2015

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316769488
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1st, 1991

Charlotte's Web Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064400558
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Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064404990
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2008

The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553381672
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Published: Bantam - June 25th, 2002

The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743270106
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 20th, 2005

The Color Purple Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156028356
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Published: Mariner Books - May 28th, 2003

The Count of Monte Cristo Cover Image
By Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss (Translated by), Robin Buss (Introduction by), Robin Buss (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140449266
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2003

Crime and Punishment (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684122905
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Published: Canterbury Classics - April 10th, 2018

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400032716
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307277671
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Published: Anchor - March 28th, 2006

Don Quixote Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142437230
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

Doña Barbara: A Novel Cover Image
By Rómulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy (Translated by), Larry McMurtry (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780226279206
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 3rd, 2012

Dune Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780441013593
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Published: Ace - August 2nd, 2005

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345803481
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2012

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476775852
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gallery Books - January 7th, 2014

Foundation Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553293357
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Spectra - October 1st, 1991

Frankenstein Cover Image
By Mary Shelley, Harold Bloom (Afterword by), Douglas Clegg (Introduction by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451532244
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Published: Signet - October 1st, 2013

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553573404
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Published: Bantam - August 4th, 1997

Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Gilead: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424404
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Published: Picador - January 10th, 2006

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780544336261
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola (Introduction by), Anthony Puzo (Notes by), Robert J. Thompson (Afterword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451205766
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Published: Berkley - March 1st, 2002

Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307588371
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Published: Crown - April 22nd, 2014

Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451635621
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039433
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Great Expectations Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell (Editor), David Trotter (Introduction by), Charlotte Mitchell (Notes by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780141439563
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Great Gatsby Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743273565
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

Gulliver's Travels Cover Image
By Jonathan Swift, Robert DeMaria (Editor), Robert DeMaria (Introduction by), Robert DeMaria (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439495
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780590353427
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999

Hatchet Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2006

Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary Cover Image
By Joseph Conrad, Owen Knowles (Editor), Owen Knowles (Introduction by), Owen Knowles (Notes by), Robert Hampson (Editor)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780141441672
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 25th, 2007

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345391803
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Published: Del Rey - September 27th, 1995

The Help Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780439023528
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 1st, 2010

The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425269367
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Published: Berkley - November 5th, 2013

The Intuitionist: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2000

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Jane Eyre (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781607105534
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Canterbury Classics - September 1st, 2012

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143038092
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

Jurassic Park: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780345538987
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 25th, 2012

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781414334905
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - April 1st, 2011

The Little Prince Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780156012195
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Published: Mariner Books - June 29th, 2000

Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147514011
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Lonesome Dove: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781439195260
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2010

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547928210
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Published: Mariner Books - September 18th, 2012

The Lovely Bones Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316168816
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 20th, 2004

The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 28th, 2014

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679781585
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 1999

Moby-Dick: or, The Whale Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco (Introduction by), Tom Quirk (Commentaries by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142437247
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Notebook Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781455582877
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 24th, 2014

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385319959
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Published: Delta - August 10th, 1998

The Outsiders 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780425288290
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780141442464
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 27th, 2009

The Pilgrim's Progress Cover Image
By John Bunyan, Roger Pooley (Editor)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780141439716
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 27th, 2009

The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge #1) Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780451222138
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2nd, 2007

Pride and Prejudice (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781607105541
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Published: Canterbury Classics - September 1st, 2012

Ready Player One: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

Rebecca Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780380730407
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

The Shack Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780964729230
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Published: Windblown Media - July 1st, 2008

Siddhartha: A Novel Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9780553208849
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Published: Bantam - December 1st, 1981

The Sirens of Titan: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

The Stand Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307947307
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Published: Anchor - August 7th, 2012

The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Edition Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501121968
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Published: Scribner - February 16th, 2016

Swan Song Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781501131424
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Published: Pocket Books - July 26th, 2016

Tales of the City: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061358302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2007

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

Things Fall Apart: A Novel Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780385474542
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1994

This Present Darkness Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781581345285
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Published: Crossway Books - June 26th, 2003

To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Twilight (The Twilight Saga #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316015844
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2006

War and Peace (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9781400079988
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Published: Vintage - December 2nd, 2008

Watchers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425221808
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Published: Berkley - May 6th, 2008

The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812511819
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Published: Tor Fantasy - November 15th, 1990

Where the Red Fern Grows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440412670
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Published: Yearling - September 1st, 1996

Wuthering Heights (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684122882
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Published: Canterbury Classics - April 10th, 2018

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