Little Women Is Suddenly One of America's Favorite Books


Not sure how this happened, but I’m certainly not going to argue with it: Little Women has crept onto the list of America’s ten favorite books, settling into the number eight spot. Meanwhile, Atlas Shrugged got bumped. Put one up on the big board for Jo March!

That’s according to a poll from Harris International, via the New Republic. Since the list was last calculated in 2008, based on a poll of 2,300 American adults, there’ve been three other additions to the national keeper shelf: Moby Dick, The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby. Maybe everyone’s been catching up on their high school faves since seeing the Baz Luhrmann spectacular?

The new titles displaced two titles by Dan Brown and Steven King’s The Stand, too. Guess our long national Da Vinci Code nightmare is finally over.

The Bible is the top pick across all demographics, because everyone likes to pretend they’ve actually powered through all the begats. What’s interesting is how the battle for the number-two spot breaks out. Dudes like Lord of the Rings, as does Gen X, but millennials prefer Harry Potter. African Americans prefer Moby Dick; Latino respondents picked The Great Gatsby. And Baby Boomers and whites love Gone with the Wind.

The full list:

  1. The Bible
  2. Gone with the Wind
  3. Harry Potter (series)
  4. The Lord of the Rings (series)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird
  6. Moby Dick
  7. The Catcher in the Rye
  8. Little Women
  9. The Grapes of Wrath
  10. The Great Gatsby

Photo via IMDB.

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