The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Robert Redford

What do these three tremendous actors have in common? They’ve all read excerpts of Big Read books, featured below. To hear the entire audio guides to these respective novels ---The Grapes of Wrath, The Death of Ivan Ilyich , and The Call of the Wild ---head over to The Big Read website . Start May...
The Call of the Wild , used courtesy of Aladdin Classics It finally feels like winter, and so naturally we turn to Jack London's tale of adventure, The Call of the Wild . In the book, there are two sets of characters, one human, the other canine. Buck, the protagonist, is a dog who is kidnapped,...
Washington, DC The Great Gatsby book cover painting by Francis Cugat, used with permission of Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing Group. The Great Gatsby is written in the voice of Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who finds himself among the New York upper-class. Nick moves...
Washington, DC Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Carl Van Vechten, 1937. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, LC-USZ62-88103 Great books have staying power. We can see this by the popularity of certain Big Read selections. It's often the classics...
September 18 , 2009 Washington, DC "Hollywood" by Cornballer from Flickr There's no telling if we'll be disappointed or pleasantly surprised when our favorite books are made into films. It's hard to judge if the success of a literary adaptation depends more on the skill of the original writer or...