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Diefendorf, Elizabeth, ed. The New York Public Library’s Books of the Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Downs, Robert B. Books That Changed America. New York: Macmillan, 1970.
Downs, Robert B. Books That Changed the South. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1977.
Fadiman, Clifton, and John S. Major. The New Lifetime Reading Plan. 4th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
Foster, Thomas C. Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
Osen, Diane, ed. The Book That Shaped My Life: Interviews with National Book Award Winners and Finalists. New York: Modern Library, 2002.
Parini, Jay. Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America. New York: Doubleday, 2008.
Sabine, Gordon, and Patricia Sabine. Books That Made the Difference: What People Told Us. Hamden, CT.: Shoe String Press, 1983.