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Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy, and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us, The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series and nationwide competition that explores the joy of books and the power of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved books, as voted on by the public. There are two ways to vote for America's favorite book. You can visit the official voting website and choose your favorite book, or you can select your favorite book's hashtag and post it on Facebook or tweet it on Twitter. Check out America's 100 best-loved books at the Jacksonville Public Library today!

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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary. Check out A Prayer for Owen Meany:

1984 by George Orwell

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, the hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him. Check out 1984:

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