2020 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

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Kim Michele Richardson

The Disappearing Spoon
Sam Kean

A Gentleman in Moscow (Winner)
Amor Towles

Dani Shapiro

A Key to Treehouse Living
Elliot Reed

The Last Days of Night (Runner-up)
Graham Moore

The Library Book
Susan Orlean

My Sister, the Serial Killer
Oyinkan Braithwaite

There There
Tommy Orange

Washington Black
Esi Edugyan

Other Suggested Titles

84 Charing Cross Road
Helene Hanff
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Michael Chabon
Accidential Presidents
Jared Cohen
The Alice Network
Kate Quinn
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Chris Hadfield
Band of Brothers
Stephen Ambrose
Fredrick Backman
Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate
The Book of Gutsy Women
Hillary Clinton
Born a Crime
Trevor Noah
The Buried
Peter Hessler 
The Cat’s Table
Michael Ondaatje
Stephen King
Madeline Miller
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Sophie Kinsella
The Day the World Came To Town
Jim DeFede
The Dearly Beloved
Cara Wall 
The Dreamers
Karen Thompson Walker
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
Sam Quinones
The Dutch House
Ann Patchet
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
Janisse Ray
The Edge of Anarchy
Jack Kelly
Tara Westover
Elizabeth and Hazel
David Margolick 
Matthew Desmond
Far From the Tree
Andrew Solomon
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful
Sarah Wilson
Five Days Gone
Laura Cumming
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
From Here to Eternity
Caitlyn Doughty
A Girl’s Guide To Missiles
Karen Piper
The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah
The Great Pretender
Susannah Cahalan
The Guarded Gate
Daniel Okrent
The Guardians
John Grisham
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
Catherine Clinton
Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship
Nadine Strossen
The Hate You Give
Angie Thomas
Sarah Smarsh
Hero Dogs
Wilma Melville
High Price
Carl Hart
A Higher Call
Adam Makos
Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Honey Bus
Meredith May
House of Broken Angels
Luis Alberto Urrea
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Julia Alvarez
The Huntress
Kate Quinn
In the Dream House
Carmen Maria Machado
Indian Horse
Richard Wagamese
Inherent Vice
Thomas Pynchon
The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
The Island of Sea Women
Lisa See
Joe DiMaggio Moves Like Liquid Light
Loren Broaddus
Killers of the Flower Moon
David Grann
Know My Name 
Chanel Miller
The Last Girl
Nadia Murad
The Last Mile
David Baldacci
The Leavers 
Lisa Ko
Les Miserables
Victor Hugo
Life Lessons From the Cat
Amy Newmark
Life’s Work
Willie Parker
The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman
Little Faith
Nickolas Butler
Machines Like Me: And People Like You
Ian McEwan
A Man Called Ove 
Fredrik Backman
The Man Who Played With Fire
Jan Stocklassa
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone
Lisa Gottlieb
Medicine Walk
Richard Wagamese
Deepak Chopra
The Midnight Line
Lee Child
Mistress of the Ritz
Melanie Benjamin
The Moment of Lift
Melinda Gates
Monuments Men
Robert M. Edsel
And the Mountains Echoed
Khalid Hosseini
The New Wild
Fred Pearce
The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead
The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah
Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarity
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith
Normal Sucks
Jonathan Mooney
Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout
Once More We Saw Stars
Jayson Greene
The Only Plane in the Sky
Garrett Graff
Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger
The Other Einstein
Marie Benedict
Our Non-Christian Nation
Jay Wexler
The Overstory
Richard Powers
The Perfect Horse
Elizabeth Letts
A Place For Us
Fatima Farheen Mirza
The Plant Paradox
Steven Gundry
Printer’s Error
J.P. & Rebecca Romney
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
Terry Ryan
Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain
Sarah Vallance
Salman Rushdie
Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
Red at the Bone
Jacqueline Woodson
The Redeemed
Tim Pears
Resistance Women
Jennifer Chiaverini
The Reverse of the Medal
Patrick O’Brian
River of Doubt
Candice Millard
Rocket Boys
Homer Hickam
The Ruins of Gorlan
John Flanagan
The Secret Game
Scott Ellsworth
Maryse Conde
The Shack
William Paul Young
Gregory David Roberts
Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe
Steven Novella
Small Country
Gael Faye
The Soul of America
Jon Meacham
Sounds Like Titanic
Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
A Spark of Light
Jodi Picoult
A Spy Among Friends
Ben MacIntyre
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered
Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
Still Life
Louise Penny
Richard Bell
John Edward Williams
Stony the Road
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic
Matt McCarthy
The Tender Land
William Kent Krueger
The Testaments
Margaret Atwood
The Mercury 13
Martha Ackmann
Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal
Ben Sasse
They Called Us Enemy
George Takei
This Is How It Always Is
Laurie Frankel
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
Sebastian Junger
Trick Mirror
Jia Tolentino
Triumph of the City
Edward Glaeser
The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead
Understanding Marxism
Richard D. Wolff
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
David Wallace-Wells
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
Thaereh Mafi
Virgil Wander
Lief Enger
War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
The Warehouse 
Rob Hart
The Washington Decree
Jussi Adler Olsen
The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Need New Names
NoViolet Bulawayo
The Wedding Gift
Marlen Bodden
What’s Driving You?
Keyon L. Dooling
Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens
Whiskey When We’re Dry
John Larison
The Widows
Jess Montgomery
The Wolf Wants In
Laura McHugh
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
Sherman Alexie


4 thoughts on “2020 List of Suggested Titles”

  1. Thank you for the nomination. We will add it to the reading panel’s list for their consideration.

  2. I would like to recommend a book for 2021 OneRead: Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, by John M. Barry.

  3. Thank you for your nomination. We will add it to the list of titles to be considered for 2021. If you think of any others, there will be a nomination form available on the homepage of http://www.oneread.org starting November 1. We’ll be taking nominations through November 30.

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