2013 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

  • Abe
    Richard Slotkin
  • The Alchemist
    Coelho, Paulo
  • The Barbarian Nurseries
    Hector Tober
  • Battle Royale
    Koushun Takami
  • Battleborn
    Claire Baye Watkins
  • Before I Forget
    Leonard Pitts
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in A Mumbai Undercity
    Katherine Boo
  • Being Dead Is No Excuse
    Gayden Metcalf
  • The Black Count
    Tom Reiss
  • Black Water Rising
    Attica Locke
  • The Book of Jonas
    Stephen Dau
  • The Book Thief
    Markus Zusak,
  • The Boys of My Youth
    Jo Ann Beard
  • Bridge of Scarlet Leaves
    Kristina McMorris
  • Caleb’s Crossing
    Geraldine Brooks
  • Calligraphy of the Witch
    Alicia Gaspar de Alba
  • Cat of the Century
    Rita Mae Brown
  • The Chaperone
    Laura Moriarity
  • City of Thieves
    David Benioff
  • Civil War in the Ozarks
    Phillip Steele
  • Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement
    Kay Wills Wyma
  • Cloud Atlas
    David Mitchell
  • Cold Mountain
    Charles Frazier
  • Complete Persepolis
    Marjane Satrapi
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect
    James Patterson
  • Conquistadora
    Esmeralda Santiago
  • Day After Night
    Anita Diamant
  • Deadline Artists
    John P Avlon
  • Deep and Dark and Dangerous
    Mary Dawning Haun
  • Defending Jacob
    William Landay
  • Destiny of the Republic
    Candice Millard
  • Discovery of Witches
    Deborah Harkness
  • A Dog’s Purpose
    W. Bruce Cameron
  • The Doomsday Book
    Connie Willis
  • The Dovekeepers
    Alice Hoffman
  • Eat the Document
    Dana Spiotta
  • Emergency : This Book Will save your Life
    Neil Strauss
  • Enemy Women
    Paulette Jiles
  • Evidence of Things Unseen
    Marianne Wiggins
  • Fahrenheit 451
    Ray Bradbury
  • The Fault In Our Stars
    John Green
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    E.L. James
  • Freeman
    Leonard Pitts
  • The Fresco
    Sheri Tepper
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
    Fannie Flagg
  • The Gardener
    S.A. Bodeen
  • Girl in Translation
    Jean Kwok
  • The Glass Castle
    Jeanette Walls
  • God’s Hotel
    Victoria Sweet
  • A Good American
    Alex George
  • Gotcha Gas–Debacle Near Roswell
    M.A. Banak & Wm. Weimer
  • The Grace of Silence
    Michele Norris
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Half the Sky
    Nicholas Kristof
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
    Margaret Atwood
  • The Heart and the Fist
    Eric Greitens
  • Heart in the Right Place
    Carolyn Jourdan
  • The Help
    Kathryn Stocket
  • The History of Love
    Nicole Krauss
  • Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    Jamie Ford
  • How to Read the Air
    Dinaw Mengestu
  • I Am the Messenger
    Markus Zusak
  • I, Fatty
    Jerry Stahl
  • In the Service of the King
    Naomi Novik
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan
    Vaddey Ratner
  • The Invisibles
    Hugh Sheehey
  • Jesse James and the Civil War in Missouri
    Robert Dyer
  • Juno’s Daughters
    Lise Saffran
  • The Kite Runner
    Khaled Hossenini
  • The Koran
  • The Language of Flowers
    Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • The Last Kind Words
    Tom Piccirilli
  • Light Between Oceans
    M.L. Stedman
  • The Marriage Plot
    Jeffrey Eugenides
  • May the Road Rise Up to Meet You
    Peter Troy
  • Memoirs
    Pablo Neruda
  • Mercury 13
    Martha Ackmann
  • Middlesex
    Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
    Tony Horwitz
  • Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace
    Kate Summerscale
  • Neicy
    Akasha Hull
  • Never Say Die
    Susan Jacoby
  • Neverwhere
    Neil Gaiman
  • New Moon
    Stephenie Meyer
  • Night Circus
    Erin Morgenstern
  • Not so Dolce Vita: Reflections in a Read Convertible
    Julia Falkner-Tompkins
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma
    Michael Pollan
  • The Other Wes Moore
    Wes Moore
  • Paper Angels: A Novel
    Jimmy Wayne
  • Paper Towns
    John Green
  • The People of the Book
    Geraldine Brooks
  • Perfect Chemistry
    Simone Elkes
  • A Place in Time
    Wendell Berry
  • The Poisonwood Bible
    Barbara Kingsolver
  • Polio: an American Story
    David Oshinsky
  • The Postmistress
    Sarah Blake
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
    John Irving
  • The Presidents Club
    Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
  • Pulphead
    John Jeremiah Sullivan
  • The Reading Promise
    Alice Ozma
  • Ready Player One
    Ernest Cline
  • The Road
    Cormac McCarthy
  • Saints at the River
    Ron Rash
  • Say You’re One of Them
    Uwem Akpan
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain
    Barbara Strauch
  • Shame the Devil
    Debra Brenegan
  • Silent Spring
    Rachel Carson
  • Slant of Light
    Steve Wiegenstein
  • The Snake Eaters
    Owen West
  • The Snow Child
    Eowyn Ivey
  • Start Something That Matters
    Blake Mycoskie
  • Still Alice
    Lisa Genova
  • Story of Charlotte’s Web: E. B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic
    Michael Sims
  • The Stranger (L’Etranger)
    Albert Camus
  • The Street of a Thousand Blossoms
    Gail Tsukiyama
  • Teen Titans
    Scott Lobdell
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home
    Carol Brunt
  • Thorn
    Intisar Khanani
  • The Tiger’s Wife
    Obreht, Téa
  • Torch
    Cheryl Strayed
  • Tropic of Cancer
    Henry Miller
  • The Turtle Catcher
    Nicole Lea Helget
  • Twilight
    Stephenie Meyer
  • Unbroken
    Laura Hillenbrand
  • Watchman’s Rattle
    Rebecca Costa
  • What is the What?
    Dave Eggers
  • When Women Were Birds
    Terry Tempest-Williams
  • Why We Make Mistakes
    Joseph T. Hallinan
  • Winter’s Tale
    Mark Helprin
  • Year of Wonders
    Geraldine Brooks
  • Zeitoun
    Dave Eggers

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