2019 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

Do Not Sell at Any Price
Amanda Petrusich

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of An American Life
Lauren Markham

The House of Broken Angels
Luis Alberto Urrea

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century” (Winner)
Jessica Bruder

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
Tim Marshall

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
Janet Mock

Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes And Other Lessons From the Crematory
Caitlin Doughty

Sourdough, or Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market” (Runner-up)
Robin Sloan

Michael Ondaatje

Other Suggested Titles

“#Never Again: A New Generation Draws the Line”
David Hogg

George Orwell

“A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding An Abandoned Home and An American City” 
Drew Philp

“Across That Bridge”
John Lewis

“All the Crooked Saints” 
Maggie Steifvater

“All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor’s Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor”
Donald Stratton

“All the Light We Cannot See”
Anthony Doerr

“All Things Cease to Appear”
Elizabeth Brundage

“Almost Perfect”
Brian Katcher

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Animal Farm”
George Orwell

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” 
Garth Stein

“The Art of the Thoughtform”
Blaize Ahren Oldham

Mark Steck

“As Bright As Heaven”
Susan Meissner

“The Audacity of Inez Burns: Dreams, Desire, Treachery & Ruin in the City of Gold”
Stephen G. Bloom

“Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine”
Ibtisam Barakat

“Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers and Their Muses “
Terri-Lynne DeFino

“Before the Fall “
Noah Hawley

“Before We Were Yours “
Lisa Wingate

“Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst”
Robert M. Sapolsky

“Behind the Beautiful Forevers”
Katherine Boo

“The Best We Could Do”
Thi Bui

“Best Worst American”
Juan Martinez

“Between the World and Me”
Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy”
Heather Ann Thompson

“The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying”
Nina Riggs

“Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News”
Kevin Young

“Burial Rites”
Hannah Kent

“The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine”
Lindsey Fitzharris

“Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us”
Sam Kean

“The Chaperone”
Laura Moriarity

“Charming Billy”
Alice McDermott

“Chasing the Dragon” 
Sam Westhoek

“The Corrections”
Jonathan Franzen

“The Cove”
Ron Rash

“Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After A Suicide Attempt”
Kevin Hines

“Daring To Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening” 
Manal Sharif

“Dark Matter”
Blake Crouch

“The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland”
Jim DeFede

“Dear Martin” 
Nic Stone

“Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President”
Candace Millard

“The Diary of Anne Frank”
Anne Frank

“Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid From the Taliban in Plain Sight”
Maria Toorpakai

“Educated: A Memoir”
Tara Westover

“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”
Gail Honeyman

“The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline”
Dale Bredesen

“Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott”
Joyce Scott

“Exit West”
Mohsin Hamid

“The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of An American Life”
Lauren Markham

“The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century”
Kirk W. Johnso

“A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System”
T.R. Reid

Melissa Scholes Young

“Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History”
Keith O’Brien

“Flyy Girl”
Omar Tyree

“Furiously Happy”
Jenny Lawson

“Future Home of the Living God”
Louise Erdrich

“The Future Is History”
Masha Gessen

“A Gentleman in Moscow”
Amor Towles

“A Girl’s Guide To Missiles”
Karen Piper

“Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape”
Peggy Orenstein

“The Glass Castle” 
Jeannette Walls

“God Country” 
Donny Cates

Ron Chernow

“The Great Alone”
Kristin Hannah

“The Handmaid’s Tale”
Margaret Atwood

“Hap and Hazard and the End of the World” 
Diane DeSanders

“The Hate U Give”
Angie Thomas

“Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship” 
Nadine Strossen

“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture in Crisis” 
J.D. Vance

“The Hobbit”
J.R.R. Tolkien

“How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage”
Milan Yerkovich

David Eagleman

“Indian Horse” 
Richard Wagamese

“The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel” 
Robert Mazur

“The Invention of Wings”
Sue Monk Kidd

“Just Mercy” 
Bryan Stevenson

“A Key to Treehouse Living”
Elliot Reed

“The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War” 
Michael Shaara

“The Library Book”
Susan Orlean

“Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” 
Max Tegmar

“Lilac Girls” 
Martha Hall Kelly

“The Line Becomes a River”
Francisco Cantu

“Little Fires Everywhere” 
Celeste Ng

“A Man Called Ove”
Fredik Backman

“The Martian”
Andy Weir

“Me & Emma” 
Elizabeth Flock

“Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind” 
Jaime Lowe

“The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight” 
Martha Ackmann

“The Midnight Line”
Lee Child

“The Mist”
Stephen King

“Molly’s Game: The True Story of the 26-year-old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-stakes Underground Poker Game in the World” 
Molly Bloom

“The Monuments Men”
Robert M. Edsel

“More Than a Garage Band: A Journey of Celebration, Crisis, and Connection” 
Tom Kemper

“Mrs. Fletcher” 
Tom Perotta

“My Beloved World” 
Sonia Sotomayor

“My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues” 
Pamela Paul

“Never Let Me Go” 
Kazuo Ishiguro

“The Next American President”
Fred Seaman

“No Time to Spare” 
Ursula Le Guin

“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” 
Alexander McCall Smith

“Nowhere Boy” 
Katherine Marsh

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” 
Neil Gaiman

“Ordinary Grace Krueger” 
Kent William

“The Origins and History of Consciousness”
Erich Neumann

“The Orphan Keeper: A Novel, Based on A True Story” 
Camron Wright

Min Jin Lee

“Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” 
Annie Dillard

“A Place For Us”
Fatima Farheen Mirza

“Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World”
Tim Marshall

“The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” 
Kate Moore

“The Ranger Way: Living the Code on and Off the Battlefield” 
Kris Paronto

“Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More” 
Janet Mock

“Remarkable Creatures” 
Tracy Chevalier

“The River of Consciousness”
Oliver Sacks

Daniel Wilson

“Rocket Boys” 
Homer Hickam

“Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq” 
Sarah Glidden

“Roving Mars”
Steven Squyres

“Saints at the River”
Ron Rash

“Sarah’s Key”
Tatiana de Rosnay

“The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age” 
Andrew O’Hagan

“Setting Free the Kites” 
Alex George

Lauren Myracle

“Silver Trumpet” 
Owen Barfield

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” 
Jesmyn West

“Small Great Things”
Jodi Picoult

“The Source Field Investigations” 
David Wilcock

“The Story of Edgar Sawtelle”
David Wroblewski

“The Storyteller” 
Jodi Picoult

“Symptoms of Being Human” 
Jeff Garvin

“Tell the Wolves I’m Home” 
Carol Rifka Brunt

“Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal” 
Ben Sasse

“There, There” 
Tommy Orange

“This Fight is Our Fight” 
Elizabeth Warren

“This Is How It Always Is” 
Laurie Frankel

“To Kill A Mockingbird” 
Harper Lee

“To The Stars Through Difficulties”
Romalyn Tilghman

“The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories” 
Jane Gillette

“Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson” 
Mitch Albom

“Turtles All the Way Down”
John Green

“Two Kisses for Maddy” 
Matthew Logelin

“Two Steps Forward” 
Graeme Simsion

“The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos” 
Leonard Mlodinow

Henry David Thoreau

“The Washington Decree”
Jussi Adler Olsen

“When Breath Becomes Air”
Paul Kalanithi

“Whiskey When We’re Dry” 
John Larison

“White Houses” 
Amy Bloom

“White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America” 
Nancy Isenberg

Russell Stuart Irwin

“Women, Race and Class” 
Angela Davis

“Writings on the Wall: Searching For a New Equality Beyond Black and White”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” 
Sherman Alexie

“Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald” 
Therese Fowler

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