Suggested One Read: A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy TooleWe’ve begun receiving your suggestions for our 2012 One Read title! We’ll be highlighting some of these books here at so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. All of these titles will be considered by our reading panel.

First up is “A Confederacy of Dunces” by the late John Kennedy Toole. This tragicomedy tells the story of overweight misanthrope Ignatius Reilly, living with his mother in New Orleans while he writes his historical masterwork on Big Chief tablets he keeps hidden under his bed. The reader proposing this title calls it “an underrated classic. A really brilliant novel that flies under the radar despite winning a major award. All the pieces are there – characters, setting, plot, storytelling and dialogue.” Another nominator sums up the book this way: “funny and literary and tragic and ridiculous.”

Have a suggestion of your own? Let us know what you think our community should read in 2012 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at by November 30.

1 thought on “Suggested One Read: A Confederacy of Dunces”

  1. If it is not too late to add another title to the books being considered for the 2012 One Read,
    I would like to nominate Michael Ondaatje’s beautiful and poetic novel, “The Cat’s Table.”
    I have read it twice, listened to the audiobook, and lead a discussion of the book with a
    travel writing and travel writer’s group. Universally, they loved the book, language and
    fascinating storyline.

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