“This list is a starting point,” said James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.”
More titles can be nominated to the list through the Library of Congress' National Book Festival website.
Have you read any of the books on this list? How would you say they shaped/influenced you?