2012 List of Suggested One Read 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

  • 1984
    George Orwell
  • Afterwards
    Rachel Seiffert
  • The All -True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
    Jane Smiley
  • Almost President
    Scott Farris
  • Angela’s Ashes
    Frank McCourt
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
    Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
    Garth Stein
  • Assumption: A Novel
    Percival Everett
  • The Barbarian Nurseries
    Hector Tobar
  • Battlefield of the Mind
    Joyce Meyer
  • The Beautiful and the Dangerous
    Barbara Tedlock
  • Beyond Earth and Sky
    Jamie Zeppa
  • The Bible
  • The Big Burn
    Timothy Egan
  • The Big Short
    Michael Lewis
  • Big Thirst
    Charles Fishman
  • Bitter End
    Jennifer Brown
  • Bone Fire
    Mark Spragg
  • Bone in the Throat
    Anthony Bourdain
  • Breaking Night
    Liz Murray
  • The Bridge of San Luis Ray
    Thornton Wilder
  • The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    Junot Diaz
  • Caught Between Three Fires
    Thomas A. Rafiner
  • Cemetery Bird
    Bridget Bufford
  • The Children’s Story
    James Clavell
  • Chocolate Flava
  • Citizens of London
    Lynn Olson
  • The Color of Rain
    Michael and Gina Spehn
  • Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran
    Robert Spencer
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
    John Kennedy Toole
  • Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-time
    Mark Haddon
  • Cutting for Stone
    Abraham Verghese
  • Day After Night
    Anita Diamant
  • Deadly Monopolies
    Harriet Washington
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
    Vicki Myron
  • Einstein’s Dreams
    Alan Lightman
  • Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life
    Neil Strauss
  • Empire of the Summer Moon
    S.C. Gwynne
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Fahrenheit 451
    Ray Bradbury
  • Fool Me Twice
    Shawn Otto
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club
    Kate Jacobs
  • Glass Castle
    Jeannette Walls
  • The Grace of Silence
    Michele Norris
  • The Grapes of Wrath
    John Steinbeck
  • The Greater Journey
    David McCullough
  • The Gulag Archipelago
    Aleksandr Solzhenit?syn
  • Half Broke Horses
    Jeannette Walls
  • Hamlet’s Blackberry
    William Powers
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
    Margaret Atwood
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
    Carson McCullers
  • The Help
    Kathryn Stockett
  • Holy Ghost Girl
    Donna Johnson
  • Homecoming of Samuel Lake
    Jenny Wingfield
  • House of Tomorrow
    Peter Bognanni
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
    Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Hunger Games
    Suzanne Collins
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  • The Imperfectionists
    Tom Rachman
  • Invisible Wall
    Harry Bernstein
  • Just Like Us
    Helen Thorpe
  • The Kite Runner
    Khaled Hosseini
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door
    Lisa Randal
  • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World
    John Wood
  • A Life of Her Own
    Emilie Carles
  • Like Water for Chocolate
    Laura Esquivel
  • Little Bee
    Chris Cleave
  • Little Brother
    Cory Doctorow
  • Lost Memory of Skin
    Russell Banks
  • The Memory Palace
    Mira Bartok
  • Miracle at St Anna
    James McBride
  • Moonflower Vine
    Jetta Carlton
  • Mrs. Adams in Winter
    Michael O’Brien
  • Never Let Me Go
    Ishiguro Kazuo
  • Neverwhere
    Neil Gaiman
  • Nothing to Envy
    Barbara Demick
  • One Hundred Names for Love
    Diane Ackerman
  • The Other Wes Moore
    Wes Moore
  • Outliers
    Malcolm Gladwell
  • Outwitting College Professors
    John Janovy
  • The Paris Wife
    Paula McLain
  • Pay It Forward
    Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • The Peach Keeper
    Sarah Addison Allen
  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny…
    Michio Kaku
  • Playing with the Enemy
    Gary W. Moore
  • Rainwater
    Sandra Brown
  • Rats, Lice and History: Being…History of Typhus Fever
    Hans Zinsser
  • The Reading Promise
    Alice Ozma
  • Restless Heart
    Wynonna Judd
  • Rocket Boys
    Homer H. Hickam
  • Saints at the River: A Novel
    Ron Rash
  • School Blues
    Daniel Pennac
  • The Scorpio Races
    Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Shack
    William P. Young
  • Shame the Devil
    Deb Brenegan
  • Shanghai Girls
    Lisa See
  • Shapers’ Veil
    M.C. Chambers
  • Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper
    Geoffrey Gray
  • Small Island
    Andrea Levy
  • Someone knows my name
    Lawrence Hill
  • Stealing Buddha’s Dinner
    Bich Minh Nguyen
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Zora Neale Hurston
  • A Thousand Acres
    Jane Smiley
  • Time and Distance Overcome/Notes from No Man’s Land
    Eula Biss
  • To Kill a Mocking bird
    Harper Lee
  • Town and the City
    Jack Kerouac
  • Unbroken
    Laura Hillebrand
  • Watchmen
    Alan Moore
  • Water for Elephants
    Sara Gruen
  • Wesley the Owl
    Stacey O’Brien
  • What Is Left the Daughter
    Howard A. Norman
  • When She Woke
    Hillary Jordan
  • When the Stars Fall to Earth
    Rebecca Tinsley
  • Working
    Studs Terkel
  • Worm: The First Digital World War
    Mark Bowden
  • You Know When the Men are Gone
    Siobhan Fallon
  • Your Medical Mind
    Jerome Groopman
  • Zeitoun
    Dave Eggers

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