2021 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

A Children’s Bible
Lydia Millet

The Color of Law
Richard Rothstein

Furious Hours (Winner)
Casey Cep

The Great Pretender
Susannah Cahalan

Medicine Walk
Richard Wagamese

The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead

On Immunity
Elua Biss

The Resisters (Runner-up)
Gish Jen

Trick Mirror
Jia Tolentino

The Warehouse
Rob Hart

Other Suggested Titles

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Hank Green

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective
Susannah Stapleton

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Bryn Greenwood

America for Beginners
Franqui Leah

American Dirt
Jeanine Cummins

American War
Omar El Akkad

Americana
Bhu Srinivasan

Anger is a Gift
Mark Oshiro

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara Kingsolver

Apeirogon
Colum McCann

April 4, 1968
Michael Dyson

Assassin of Youth
Alexandra Chasin

Balcony on the Moon
Ibtisam Barakat

Beartown
Fredrik Backman

Becoming
Michelle Obama

Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate

Being Mortal
Atul Gawande

Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Mark Sullivan

Black and White Justice in Little Dixie
Doug Hunt

Black No More
George Schuyler

Bluebird, Bluebird
Attica Locke

The Book of Gutsy Women
Hillary Clinton

The Book of Lost Friends
Lisa Wingate

The Book of Lost Names
Kristin Harmel

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

The Book Women of Troublesome Creek
Kim Richardson

Born a Crime
Trevor Noah

Boy’s Life
Robert McCammon

The Broken Heart of America
Walter Johnson

The Cactus League
Emily Nemens

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson

Charter Schools and Their Enemies
Thomas Sowell

The Choice
Edith Eger

Circe
Madeline Miller

The Coddling of the American Mind
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

Coraline
Neil Gaiman

The Dark is Rising
Susan Cooper

The Day the World Came to Town
Jim DeFede

Deacon King Kong
James McBride

Dear Edward
Ann Napolitano

The Dearly Beloved
Cara Wall

Debrahmanising History
Braj Ranjan Mani

The Deepest South of All
Richard Grant

Democracy in One Book or Less
David Litt

Discrimination and Disparities
Thomas Sowell

Dream Big
Bob Goff

Dune
Frank Herbert

The Dutch House
Ann Patchett

Eat the Buddha
Barbara Demick

The Edge of Anarchy
Jack Kelly

Educated
Tara Westover

Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey

Enemy Women
Paulette Jiles

Eragon
Christopher Paolini

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Jaswal

Everywhere You Don’t Belong
Gabriel Bump

Fast Girls
Elise Hooper

The Fifth Season
N.K. Jemisin

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful
Sarah Wilson

Five Days Gone
Laura Cumming

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
James Bradley

The Fortunes
Peter Ho Davies

The Fountains of Silence
Ruta Sepetys

Frances and Bernard
Carlene Bauer

A Girl From Yamhill
Beverly Cleary

The Giver of Stars
Jojo Moyes

God-Incidences: In Boone County
John Gillman

The Good Lord Bird
James McBride

The Growing Season
Sarah Frey

The Guardians
John Grisham

Hamnet
Maggie O’Farrell

The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas

Hero Dogs
Wilma Melville

Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance

The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien

The Holy Bible

Home
Marilynne Robinson

Homeland Elegies
Ayad Akhtar

Honeysuckle Season
Mary Taylor

Hood Feminism
Mikki Kendall

The House in the Cerulean Sea
T.J. Klune

How Much of These Hills is Gold
C Pam Zhang

How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram Kendi

How to Do Nothing
Jenny Odell

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Erika Sánchez

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

If Then
Jill Lepore

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Michelle McNamara

Illuminae
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

In the Dream House
Carmen Maria Machado

Indian Horse
Richard Wagamese

Inheritance
Dani Shapiro

Interior Chinatown
Charles Yu

The Island of Sea Women
Lisa See

Jack
Marilynne Robinson

Jitterbug Perfume
Tom Robbins

Joy in the Morning
Betty Smith

Juliet Takes a Breath
Gabby Rivera

Jumping from Helicopters
John Stillman and Lori Stillman

Junk
Alison Stewart

Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson

The Kitchen Boy
Robert Alexander

Know My Name
Chanel Miller

Lakewood
Megan Giddings

The Last Days of Night
Graham Moore

The Last Train to London
Meg Clayton

The Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula Le Guin

Lessons from Lucy
Dave Barry

The Library Book
Susan Orlean

The Library of Legends
Janie Chang

The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman

Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders

Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History
Richard Fox

The Lost Continent
Bill Bryson

Machines Like Me: And People Like You
Ian McEwan

Making Rounds With Oscar
David Dosa

A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman

The Mandible
Lionel Shriver

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Lori Gottlieb

Memorial
Bryan Washington

Memorial Drive
Natasha Trethewey

The Mercury 13
Martha Ackmann

Metahuman
Deepak Chopra

Migrations
Charlotte McConaghy

Mistress of the Ritz
Melanie Benjamin

The Moment of Lift
Melinda Gates

Montana 1948
Larry Watson

The Monuments Men
Robert Edsel

My Favorite Thing is Monsters
Emil Ferris

My Grandfather’s Son
Clarence Thomas

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
Fredrick Backman

My Grandmother’s Hands
Resmaa Menakem

News of the World
Paulette Jiles

The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

The Night Watchmen
Louise Erdrich

The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah

1984
George Orwell

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith

Normal Sucks
Jonathan Mooney

Notes on a Nervous Planet
Matt Haig

Nothing More Dangerous
Allen Eskens

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong

Once Gone
Blake Pierce

Once More We Saw Stars
Jayson Greene

109 East Palace
Jennet Conant

The Only Plane in the Sky
Garrett Graff

Open Wide the Freedom Gates
Dorothy Height

Our Non-Christian Nation
Jay Wexler

Overground Railroad
Candacy Taylor

The Overstory
Richard Powers

The Paris Hours
Alex George

The Perfect Horse
Elizabeth Letts

Permission to Feel
Marc Brackett

The Plant Paradox
Steven Gundry

Playing With Matches
Brian Katcher

Prairie Fires
Caroline Fraser

Prisoners of Geography
Tim Marshall

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
Terry Ryan

Quichotte
Salman Rushdie

Ready Player Two
Ernest Cline

Real Life
Brandon Taylor

Red at the Bone
Jacqueline Woodson

The Redeemed: The West Country Trilogy
Time Pears

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
John Barry

Rocket Boys
Homer Hickam

Running With Scissors
Augusten Burroughs

A Salty Piece of Land
Jimmy Buffett

Sapiens: A Graphic History
Yuval Harari

Secondhand
Adam Minter

Segu
Maryse Condé

She’s Come Undone
Wally Lamb

The Silk Roads
Peter Frankopan

Skyward
Brandon Sanderson

Sleeping Beauties
Stephen King

So Brave, Young, and Handsome
Leif Enger

The Socrates Express
Eric Weiner

Something Beautiful Happened
Yvette Corporon

The Song of Achilles
Madeline Miller

The Soul of America
Jon Meacham

Souls Along the Road
John Drake Robinson

The Sound of Freedom
Raymond Arsenault

Sounds Like Titanic
Jessica Hindman

A Spiral Into Marvelous Light
Michael Gryboski

The Splendid and the Vile
Erik Larson

The Starless Sea
Erin Morgenstern

State of Wonder
Ann Patchett

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered
Karen Kilgariff

Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson

Still Life
Louise Penny

Stolen
Richard Bell

Stony the Road
Henry Louis gates, Jr.

Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid

Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic
Matt McCarthy

The Surrender Experiment
Michael Singer

Surrender, White People!
D.L. Hughley

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World
Fareed Zakaria

10% Happier
Dan Harris

This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger

The Testaments
Margaret Atwood

They Called Us Enemy
George Takei

The Thursday Murder Club
Richard Osman

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
Sebastian Junger

Twilight
Stephanie Meyer

Umami
Laia Jufresa

The Unbreakable Thread
Nissha Kumar

The Unchosen Road
Pamela Turner

Upstream
Mary Oliver

The Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett

The Vapors
David Hill

Virgil Wander
Leif Enger

Waking Up White
Debby Irving

The Watchman’s Rattle
Rebecca Costa

The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens

Where the Trail Ends: The Kenny Suttner Story
Angela Suttner

White Fragility
Robin DiAngelo

Winter of the Ice Wizard
Mary Pope Osborne

The Wolf Wants In
Laura McHugh

A Woman of Independent Means
Elizabeth Hailey

The Woman Who Smashed Codes
Jason Fagone

The Yellow House
Sarah Broom

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