On September 1, we started a search for the Alachua County Great American Read. Using the PBS list of 100 titles, (see the full list here) we narrowed the field to 16 titles. Now six weeks later, we have two potential champions still standing.
The two finalists both have great strengths. Both books capture the reader's imagination in such a way that just reading the books changes the reader.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is considered one of the best loved American novels of all time. This coming of age tale set in the South allows readers to witness the struggles and prejudices of the world through the eyes of a 10 year old girl. Witness her learn the worst of people and see her father risk everything to right these wrongs.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling represents another coming of age tale of a very different nature. In this exquisitely created world, we discover magic is real, dragons exist, and Harry Potter is the "boy who lived." Struggling through middle and high school is challenging enough, but imagine doing it while the most evil of villains seeks to destroy you.
But which book is The Great American Read? Which book will receive your vote?
Vote online and find @alachualibrary on social media to make your voice in Alachua County heard. While you’re voting for the top title here at home, don't forget that you can still vote in the PBS Great American Read by visiting the PBS website.
Funding for The Great American Read was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.