What books shaped America? The Library of Congress asked the U.S. public this question by conducting a public survey that asked participants to select from a list of 88 important books and invited them to offer their own additions. These survey results were then used to curate the America Reads exhibition, featuring the top ranked books on the LOC's list alongside the forty most frequently suggested additions. Visitors can browse this diverse collection by time period. Readers will find classic works of fiction (including The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Color Purple); significant works of political thought (including Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Milton Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom). Readers will also find Judy Blume's young adult classic, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret and Dr. Benjamin Spock's The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. Each book is accompanied by a short synopsis. As the LOC explains, "This new list does not necessarily represent the best in American letters, nor does it speak to the diversity of our nation and the books it produces, but it shows what people still read." Readers are invited to submit their own suggested additions on the website.