2011 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 19th Wife
    David Ebershoff
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox
    Mary Pearson
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    Mark Twain
  • The Alchemist
    Paul Coelho
  • Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age
    Kevin Boyle
  • Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks
    Ben Goldacre
  • The Bean Trees
    Barbara Kingsolver
  • Before I Forget
    Leonard Pitts, Jr.
  • Bleed
    Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blood and Chocolate
    Annette Curtis Klause
  • Blue Highways: A Journey into America
    William Least Heat Moon
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Christopher McDougall
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
    William Kamkwamba
  • The Boys From Little Mexico: A Season Chasing the American Dream
    Steve Wilson
  • A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest
    Hobson Woodward
  • Catching Fire
    Suzanne Collins
  • A Charmed Life: Growing Up in MacBeth’s Castle
    Liza Campbell
  • Citizens Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945
    Stephen E. Ambrose
  • The City & the City
    China Mieville
  • The City of Ember
    Jeanne DuPrau
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
    Jared Diamond
  • Day After Night
    Anita Diamant
  • Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories
    Sandra McDonald
  • The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love
    Kristin Kimball
  • Driftless
    David Rhodes
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia
    Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Emperor of All Maladies, The: A Biography of Cancer
    Sidhartha Mukharjee
  • Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family
    Condolezza Rice
  • Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
    Leslie T. Chang
  • Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr
    Nancy Isenberg
  • Finder’s Keepers: A Tale of Archaelogical Plunder and Obsession
    Craig Childs
  • The Forgotten Garden
    Kate Morton
  • A Gate at the Stairs
    Lorrie Moore
  • The General in His Labyrinth
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places…
    Eric Weiner
  • The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America
    Andrew McCarthy
  • The Great Gatsby
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Half-Broke Horses
    Jeanette Walls
  • Hamlet’s Blackberry
    William Powers
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    Jamie Ford
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  • The Imperfectionists: A Novel
    Tom Rachman
  • In a Strange Room
    Damon Galgut
  • Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery
    Michael Fosberg
  • Interred With Their Bones
    Jennifer Lee Carrell
  • It’s the Little Things: An Appreciation of Life’s Simple Pleasures
    Craig Wilson
  • Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refuge Boy
    Carlos Eire
  • Leviathan
    Scott Westerfeld
  • The Life of Pi
    Yann Martel
  • Little Heathens
    Mildred Kalish
  • Lord of the Rings
    J. R.R. Tolkien
  • Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy
    Victor Frankl
  • Meaning of the 21st Century, The: A Vital Blueprint…
    James Martin
  • Moloka’i
    Alan Brennert
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer…
    Tracy Kidder
  • My Mother’s Witness: The Peggy Morgan Story
    Carolyn Haines
  • Near Andersonville
    Peter Wood
  • Never Let Me Go
    Ishiguro Kazuo
  • No Impact Man
    Colin Beavan
  • Notes From Breakfast Creek
    Cathy Salter
  • Nothing but the Truth
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
    Barbara Demick
  • Of Mice and Men
    John Steinbeck
  • One Foot in the Grave
    Jeaniene Frost
  • Orphans of Chaos
    John C. Wright
  • The Outlander
    Gil Adamson
  • Outliers
    Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Passage
    Justin Cronin
  • People of the Book
    Geraldine Brooks
  • The Power
    Rhonda Byrne
  • Race Beat, The: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of A Nation
    Gene Roberts & H. Klibanoff
  • Remains of the Day
    Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Remarkable Creatures
    Tracy Chevalier
  • Room
    Emma Donoghue
  • Rose in a Storm
    Jon Katz
  • Saints at the River
    Ron Rash
  • Same Kind of Different as Me
    Ron Hall
  • The Scottish Chiefs
    Jane Porter
  • The Sharing Knife: Beguilement
    Lois Mcmaster Bujold
  • Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
    Matthew Crawford
  • A Single Pebble
    John Hersey
  • So Much for That
    Lionel Shriver
  • Solar
    Ian McEwan
  • Soulmate (Night World Series)
    L.J. Smith
  • The Space Between Us
    Thrity Umrigar
  • The Stand
    Stephen King
  • Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
    Steven Leavitt
  • A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be A Woman
    Lisa Shannon
  • The Tipping Point
    Malcolm Gladwell
  • Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story
    Sue Monk Kidd
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
    Laura Hillenbrand
  • Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War
    John Hall
  • Vampire Academy
    Richelle Mead
  • Walden
    Michael Dolan
  • Wench
    Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
    Malcolm Gladwell
  • Why We Make Mistakes
    Joseph Hallinan
  • The Wife’s Tale
    Lori Lansens
  • Winter’s Bone
    Daniel Woodrell
  • World Without End
    Ken Follett
  • You Were Wrong
    Matthew Sharpe
  • Zeitoun
    Dave Eggers

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