2010 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

  • 84 Charing Cross Road
    Helene Hanff
  • Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography
    John Toland
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Mark Twain
  • Almost Perfect
    Brian Katcher
  • America, America
    Ethan Canin
  • Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age
    Kevin Boyle
  • At the Elbows of My Elders: One Family’s Journey Toward Civil Rights
    Gail Milissa
  • Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade
    Patrick Dennis
  • The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
    Dinaw Mengestu
  • Beka Lamb
    Zee Edgell
  • Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
    Timothy Egan
  • Blind Your Ponies
    Stanley G. West
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
    Michael Lewis
  • Blame
    Michelle Huneven
  • Book Thief, The
    Markus Zusak
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
    William Kamkwamba
  • Bridge of Sighs
    Richard Russo
  • Broken For You
    Stephanie Kallos
  • Bus 9 to Paradise: A Loving Voyage
    Leo Buscaglia
  • The Case For God
    Karen Armstrong
  • Case Histories
    Kate Atkinson
  • Catching Fire
    Richard Wrangham
  • Ceremony
    Leslie Silko
  • Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture
    Ellen Ruppel Shell
  • City and the City
    China Miéville
  • City of Thieves
    David Benioff
  • Clara’s War: One Girl’s Story of Survival
    Clara Kramer
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
    John Kennedy Toole
  • The Cure for Grief
    Nellie Hermann
  • Day After Night
    Anita Diamant
  • David Copperfield
    Charles Dickens
  • Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
    Carl Sagan
  • Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell
    Janet Wallach
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
    Vicki Myron
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
    Anne Tyler
  • Driftless
    David Rhodes
  • Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life
    Neil Strauss
  • The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason
    Sam Harris
  • Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr
    Nancy Isenberg
  • Ford County: Stories
    John Grisham
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    Stieg Larsson
  • God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir
    John Bul Dau
  • Going Postal
    Terry Pratchett
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
    Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
  • The Help
    Kathryn Stockett
  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
    Clay Shirky
  • Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale…
    Gwen Cooper
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    Jamie Ford
  • House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations…Interracial Family
    W. Ralph Eubanks
  • I, Robot
    Isaac Asimov
  • I’m Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking
    Alton Brown
  • In Cold Blood
    Truman Capote
  • Interpreter of Maladies
    Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Josie’s Story: A Mother’s Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe
    Sorrel King
  • The Juliet Club
    Suzanne Harper
  • Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: A Hell of a Lot Better Than a War
    W. R Smyser
  • Kiyo’s Story: A Japanese-American Family’s Quest for the American Dream
    Kiyo Sato
  • Land of Marvels
    Barry Unsworth
  • The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness
    Harlow Giles Unger
  • The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5)
    Rick Riordan
  • Light on Snow
    Anita Shreve
  • The Likeness
    Tana French
  • The Lost Dog
    Michelle de Kretser
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Loving Frank
    Nancy Horan
  • Makers
    Cory Doctorow
  • The Manual of Detection
    Jedediah Berry
  • March
    Geraldine Brooks
  • A Mercy
    Toni Morrison
  • Middlesex
    Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Miracle on 34th Street
    Valentine Davies
  • The Missing
    Tim Gautreaux
  • The Moonflower Vine
    Jetta Carleton
  • My Jim: A Novel
    Nancy Rawles
  • My Losing Season: A Memoir
    Pat Conroy
  • Netherland
    Joseph O’Neill
  • Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
    Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Old School
    Tobias Wolff
  • On Chesil Beach
    Ian McEwan
  • The Outlander
    Gil Adamson
  • Outliers: The Story of Success
    Malcolm Gladwell
  • Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth
    Margaret Eleanor Atwood
  • People of the Book
    Geraldine Brooks
  • Perfect Creatures
    Tracy Chevalier
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
    Katherine Howe
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
    John Irving
  • Pretty Birds
    Scott Simon
  • Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation
    Ray Bradbury & Tim Hamilton
  • Red Leaves
    Thomas Cook
  • Remarkable Creatures
    Tracy Chevalier
  • The Road
    Cormac McCarthy
  • Rope Walk
    Carrie Brown
  • Run
    Ann Patchett
  • Sarah’s Key
    Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The School of Essential Ingredients
    Erica Bauermeister
  • Shoot the Moon
    Billie Letts
  • Sister Carrie
    Theodore Dreiser
  • Something for the Pain: One Doctor’s Account of Life and Death in the ER
    Paul Austin
  • Straight Man
    Richard Russo
  • Stranger in a Strange Land
    Robert Heinlein
  • Suite Francais
    Irene Nemirovsky
  • Taking on the Trust: How Ida Tarbell Brought Down…Standard Oil
    Steve Weinberg
  • The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.
    Daniel Coyle
  • The Talented Mr Ripley
    Patricia Highsmith
  • Telex from Cuba
    Rachel Kushner
  • Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America
    David Hajdu
  • Thirteen Reasons Why
    Jay Asher
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
    Audrey Niffenegger
  • Twilight (Twilight Series)
    Stephenie Meyer
  • Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Blackhawk War
    John Hall
  • The Virgin of Small Plains
    Nancy Pickard
  • Warrior
    Marie Brennan
  • Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
    Stuart Tristram
  • White Tiger
    Aravind Adiga
  • Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
    Edward Tanner
  • Winston’s War: A Novel of Conspiracy
    Michael Dobbs
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
    Gregory Maguire
  • The Widow’s Season
    Laura Brodie
  • With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain
    Michael Korda
  • The World is Flat
    Thomas L. Friedman