2016 List of Suggested Titles

Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.

Final 10 Selections

Other Suggested Titles

  • 1984
    George Orwell
  • 100 Questions & Answers About Fibromyalgia
    Sharon Ostalecki
  • $2.00 a day: Living on Almost Nothing in America
    Kathryn J. Edin
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass
    Jim Butcher
  • All the Light We Cannot See
    Anthony Doerr
  • Almost Perfect
    Brian Katcher
  • At the Water’s Edge
    Sara Gruen
  • The August 5
    Jenna Helland
  • Bad Feminist: Essays
    Roxane Gay
  • Becoming White Smoke: A Tale of Courage and Yearning
    Amanda Kreglow
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
    Atul Gawande
  • Beloved
    Toni Morrison
  • Between the World and Me
    Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science
    Richard Dawkins
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
    Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Chaperone
    Laura Moriarty
  • Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
    Johann Hari
  • Circling the Sun
    Paula McLain
  • The Color of Water
    James McBride
  • Cutting for Stone
    Abraham Verghese
  • The Dark Is Rising
    Susan Cooper
  • The Daughters
    Adrienne Celt
  • The Day the World Came to Town
    Jim DeFede
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
    Erik Larson
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
    Candice Millard
  • A Divine Revelation of Hell
    Mary K. Baxter
  • A Dog’s Purpose
    W. Bruce Cameron
  • The Doll in the Garden
    Mary Downing Hahn
  • The Education of a Traitor
    Svetlana Grobman
  • Eileen
    Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Embassytown
    China Mieville
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
    Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Far From You
    Lisa Schroeder
  • Fates and Furies
    Lauren Groff
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    E.L. James
  • Girl in Translation
    Jean Kwok
  • Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
    Ari Berman
  • The Giver
    Lois Lowry
  • The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan
    Ellen White
  • The Heart Goes Last
    Margaret Atwood
  • The Hobbit
    J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Home Grown Stories and Home Fried Lies
    Mitch Jayne
  • I Hunt Killers
    Barry Lyga
  • I, Robot
    Isaac Asimov
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Rebecca Skloot
  • The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel
    Robert Mazur
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
    Bryan Stevenson
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest
    J. Ryan Stradal
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
    Sarah Vowell
  • Life on the Mississippi
    Mark Twain
  • Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir 
    Jerold Apps
  • The Little Paris Bookshop
    Nina George
  • Little Women
    Louisa May Alcott
  • Lucky Us
    Amy Bloom
  • The Maid’s Version
    Daniel Woodrell
  • Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend
    Christo Brand
  • The Mark and the Void
    Paul Murray
  • Maya’s Notebook
    Isabel Allende
  • The Memory Weaver
    Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
    Martha Ackmann
  • Mine to Tell
    Colleen Donnelly
  • Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
    Jon Krakauer
  • The Nightingale
    Kristin Hannah
  • Nine Days in Heaven
    Dennis & Nolene Prince
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
    Alexander McCall Smith
  • Nora Webster
    Colm Tóibín
  • Notes From Boomerang Creek
    Cathy Salter
  • Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality
    Danielle Allen
  • The Peking Man Is Missing
    Claire Taschdjian
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Stephen Chbosky
  • The Prince
    Vito Bruschini
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio
    Terry Ryan
  • The Prophet
    Kahlil Gibran
  • Racism Without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
    Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Ready Player One
    Ernest Cline
  • Room Temperature
    Nicholson Baker
  • The Sellout
    Paul Beatty
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
    Nicholas Carr
  • Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
    Linda R. Hirshman
  • Slaves in the Family
    Edward Ball
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Lisa See
  • The Space Between Us
    Thrity Umrigar
  • The Sparrow
    Mary Doria Russell
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl
    Rachel Simon
  • The Stranger’s Child
    Alan Hollinghurst
  • Swamplandia
    Karen Russell
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate
    Naomi Klein
  • Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
    Edward Glaeser
  • Truth: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power
    Mary Mapes
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno
    Anthony Marra
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    Laura Hillenbrand
  • Voyage: A Novel of 1896
    Sterling Hayden
  • Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
    Isabel Wilkerson
  • We Never Asked for Wings
    Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • West With the Night
    Beryl Markham
  • What Was Mine
    Helen Klein Ross
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
    Maria Semple
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard
    Susan Crandall
  • Why Evolution Is True
    Jerry A. Coyne
  • A Wilder Rose
    Susan Wittig Albert
  • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World
    David Jaher
  • A Wrinkle in Time
    Madeleine L’Engle
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
    Neil Shubin
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