I like books, and I like lists. I like PBS, too. So the PBS Great American Read list was irresistible. One thing: these aren’t necessarily American authors, though many are. I am guessing I have read half of these. Some of the usual suspects (The Great Gatsby, Catch-22, The Catcher in the Rye). More than a few popular authors (Stepehn King’s The Stand, Agatha Christe’s And Then There Were None, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, Michael Chriton’s Jurassiac Park). Some nice surprises (John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders). More than a few I never heard of, and a few on my list (like Things Fall Apart).