Grateful American Book Prize

Patriotic Pick for August 2019

Patriotic Picks

My Antonia, Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird

My Antonia by Willa Cather; Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

  • My Antonia by Willa Cather. This final installment in the author’s prairie trilogy chronicles the lives of hardy 19th-century immigrants attempting to tame the wilds of Nebraska.
  • Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk. In this classic love story, a young Jewish woman in 1950s New York City seeks fame and fortune on the stage.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. How quintessentially “of the U.S.” is this tale of racism and hope set in the Deep South? In 2018, it was named the country’s “#1 Best-Loved Novel” by PBS’ Great American Read.

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