2009 List of Suggested Titles

Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s 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

  • The Alchemist
    Paul Coelho
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
    Erich Maria Remarque
  • All Saints
    Liam Callanan
  • America America: A Novel
    Ethan Canin
  • American Wife: A Novel
    Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
    Barbara Kingsolver
  • Atlas Shrugged
    Ayn Rand
  • Becoming Strangers
    Louise Dean
  • The Bell Jar
    Sylvia Plath
  • Bible
  • Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
    Rose George
  • Black Swan Green: A Novel
    David Mitchell
  • The Bookseller of Kabul
    Asne Seierstad
  • The Book Thief
    Marcus Zusak
  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
    Michael Pollan
  • A Brief History of Time
    Stephen Hawking
  • Castle Waiting
    Linda Medley
  • Change of Heart: A Novel
    Jodi Picoult
  • City of Thieves: A Novel
    David Benioff
  • Conan the Adventurer
    Robert E. Howard
  • Dark Angel
    David Klass
  • Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
    Bill McKibben
  • Devil and the White City
    Erik Larsen
  • Dewey: A Small-Town Cat Who Touched the World
    Vicki Myron
  • The Double Bind
    Chris Bohjalian
  • Dreaming in Cuban
    Cristina Garcia
  • Eat, Pray, Love
    Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father
    John Matteson
  • The End of Nature
    Bill McKibben
  • Ender’s Game
    Orson Scott Card
  • Enrique’s Journey
    Sonia Nazario
  • A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix
    Edwin H. Friedman
  • Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature , and Climate Change
    Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Flowers for Algernon
    Daniel Keyes
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    Stephen D. Levitt
  • The Freedom Writers Diary
    Freedom Writers (Erin Gruwell)
  • Gang Leader for a Day
    Sudhir Venkatesh
  • Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash
    Elizabeth Royte
  • Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
    Georgina Howell
  • The Girls, a novel
    Lori Lansens
  • The God of Animals: A Novel
    Aryn Kyle
  • The Good life
    Helen and Scott Nearing
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • The Ha-Ha: A Novel
    Dave King
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
    Margaret Atwood
  • Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
    Studs Terkel
  • Harry Potter
    J.K. Rowling
  • Hattie Big Sky
    Kirby Larson
  • Heart in the Right Place
    Carolyn Jourdan
  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
    Clay Shirky
  • The Highest Tide: A Novel
    Jim Lynch
  • The Host: A Novel
    Stephenie Meyer
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded
    Thomas L. Friedman
  • The House at Sugar Beach
    Helene Cooper
  • How Full Is Your Bucket?
    Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  • Iguana Dreams: New Latino Literature
    Delia Poey
  • In Praise of Slowness
    Carl Honore
  • In the Land of Invisible Women
    Qanta Ahmed
  • Infidel
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Ishmael
    Daniel Quinn
  • The Kite Runner
    Khaled Hosseini
  • The Last Lecture
    Randy Pausch
  • The Legal Limit
    Martin Clark
  • Life of Pi
    Yann Martel
  • Living Downstream: A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment
    Sandra Steingraber
  • The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family
    Martha Raddatz
  • The Long Run: A Novel
    Leo Furey
  • Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
    Ishmael Beah
  • The Lost Boys of Sudan
    Mark Bixler
  • The Madonnas of Leningrad
    Debra Dean
  • The Mammouth Cheese
    Sheri Holman
  • March: A Novel
    Geraldine Brooks
  • The Master Butcher’s Singing Club a Novel
    Louise Erdrich
  • The Memorist
    M. J. Rose
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
    Kim Edwards
  • Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
    Ted Kerasote
  • Middlesex: A Novel
    Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker
    Mike Rose
  • The Ministry of Special Cases
    Nathan Englander
  • Missing Plane
    Susan Sheehan
  • Mountains beyond Mountains
    Tracy Kidder
  • Mudbound: a novel
    Hillary Jordan
  • My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King
    Reymundo Sanchez
  • New Moon
    Stephenie Meyer
  • No Country For Old Men
    Cormac McCarthy
  • No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club
    Virginia Ironside
  • Of Beetles and Angels: A True Story of the American Dream
    Mawi Asgedom.
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma
    Michael Pollan
  • On the Edge of Reason
    Miroslav Krleza
  • One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All
    Mark R. Rank
  • Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China
    Peter Hessler
  • Outliers: The Story of Success
    Malcolm Gladwell
  • Peace Like a River
    Leif Enger
  • Peony in Love: A Novel
    Lisa See
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
    Mariane Satrapi
  • Playing with Matches
    Brian Katcher
  • The Rescue Artist
    Edward Dolnick
  • River-Horse: Across America by Boat
    William Least Heat-Moon
  • River Town
    Peter Hessler
  • The River Wife: A Novel
    Jonis Agee
  • The RiverKeepers
    John Cronin & Robert Kennedy
  • The Road
    Cormac McCarthy
  • Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey
    William Least Heat-Moon
  • Rocket Boys: A True Story (October Sky: a Memoir)
    Homer Hickam
  • Rules for Old Men Waiting: A Novel
    Peter R. Pouncey
  • Run: A Novel
    Ann Patchett
  • Sand Country Almanac
    Aldo Leopold
  • The Senator’s Wife
    Sue Miller
  • The Shack
    William P. Young
  • Shantaram
    Gregory David Roberts
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
    Naomi Klein
  • Simple prosperity
    David Wann
  • Skeletons at the Feast: A Novel
    Chris Bohjalian
  • Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered
    E. F. Schumacher
  • Smiles to go
    Jerry Spinelli
  • So Brave, Young and Handsome: A Novel
    Leif Enger
  • The Soloist
    Mark Salzman
  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
    Peter Cameron
  • Specials
    Scott Westerfeld
  • Still Life
    Louise Penny
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel
    David Wroblewski
  • Suite Francaise
    Irene Nemirovsky and Sandra Smith
  • The Tale of Despereaux
    Kate DiCamillo
  • Teach with your heart
    Erin Gruwell
  • The Ten-Year Nap
    Meg Wolitzer
  • There Are No Children Here
    Alex Kotlowitz
  • These Is My Words
    Nancy Turner
  • Thoreau at Walden (graphic version)
    John Porcellino
  • Those Who Save Us
    Jenna Blum
  • Three Cups of Tea
    Greg Mortenson
  • The Tiger in the Attic
    Edith Milton
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
    Audrey Niffenegger
  • Touching Spirit Bear
    Ben Mikaelsen
  • Twilight
    Stephenie Meyer
  • West of Kabul, East of New York
    Tamim Ansary
  • What Is the What
    Dave Eggers
  • Where Rivers Change Direction
    Mark Spragg
  • Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
    Wallace Stegner
  • Where Trouble Sleeps
    Clyde Edgerton
  • The White Mary: A Novel
    Kira Saliek
  • The World is Flat
    Thomas L. Friedman
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
    Max Brooks
  • The Worst Hard Time
    Tom Egan