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558 books · 283 voters · list created January 5th, 2010 by Laura (votes) .
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Laura 991 books
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I took the liberty to delete "Pride and Prejudice" -- Jane Austen was a great writer, but she was manifestly NOT American ...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Fiction only?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) There already was some nonfiction on the list when I voted, so I added a few more nonfiction titles (shrug).

Lara, it's your list, though ... nonfiction OK?


message 4: by Laura (new)

Laura Non-fiction is perfectly fine. That's why I titled it "Best Books" rather than "Novels". Have fun listing!


message 5: by Laura (new)

Laura Themis-Athena wrote: "I took the liberty to delete "Pride and Prejudice" -- Jane Austen was a great writer, but she was manifestly NOT American ..."

The Secret Garden needs to go, too.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Hmm. Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Britain, but she lived in the U.S. for much of her adult life, became an American citizen in 1905 and also died in the U.S. (in 1924). "The Secret Garden" was published in 1911, so arguably it IS the work of an American author. (So, for that matter, is "A Little Princess," which was published in 1905.) "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was first published in 1885 -- likewise when she had already been living in the U.S. for a considerable time (though "technically" still being a British citizen).

Again, though, it's your list ... if you don't want Hodgson Burnett's books here I'll be happy to delete them. :)


message 7: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Spam alert! #2.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Yech. Lara, do you want obvious spam entries to be removed?


message 9: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Removed for not being by an American woman:
The Catcher in the Rye


message 10: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed Tobacco Road, by a man.


message 11: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl There's a fair amount of self-published author spam on here. Lara, do you want the list to reflect some kind of objective idea of "best", or are you okay with author voting circles in which Goodreads authors get all their colleagues and cronies to vote their books onto lists? I'm referring to "Secrets of the Realm" by Bev Stout at #2, plus I see four books by "Amanda Springer" where it looks like she and her family members voted the books on.


message 12: by Darryl (new)

Darryl Essays of E.B. White also by a man.


message 13: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed.


message 14: by Rachel Adiyah (new)

Rachel Adiyah The author of The Secret Garden was from Manchester, England.


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