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

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Suggested One Read: Caste

Welcome back for our final suggested title for One Read 2021!

Caste book coverToday’s suggestion is Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson. This was one of the most nominated books. Wilkerson takes a deep dive, through heavily researched narratives and stories, to show the underlying caste system in the United States cultural structure. From the book, “Caste is insidious and therefore powerful because it is not hatred, it is not necessarily personal. It is the worn grooves of comforting routines and unthinking expectations, patterns of a social order that have been in place for so long that it looks like the natural order of things.” One nominator said that “It is relevant, interesting and very informative.” Another nominator said that it is a “Great read about the history of black community in US, it will generate lots of discussion for our community to deal with racial issues.” And another nominator said, “Racial injustice has been ignored for too long. Let’s talk about this.” And our final nominator said, “This book should be required reading for HS students, college students and all Americans.”

Thank you to all of our nominators! And now we wait. In the mean time, you can see some of our other suggested titles here. Happy New Year!