The Library of Congress Hosts The America Reads Exhibit

By Maryann Yin 

library of congress logoThe Library of Congress is currently hosting the “America Reads” exhibit. This program was organized to celebrate 65 books written by American authors “that had a profound effect on American life.”

Here’s more from the organization’s website: “Of the 65 books in ‘America Reads,’ 40 were chosen directly by the public. An additional 25 titles were chosen by the public from a list created for the 2012 Library of Congress exhibition ‘Books That Shaped America.'” Some of the titles being showcased include Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

According to the Library of Congress’ blog post, some of the items on display include an 1855 edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an 1899 edition of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and an 1851 edition of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Visitors will be able to find this exhibit in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building.  A closing date has been scheduled for December 31.