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
The Color of Law
Furious Hours (Winner)
The Great Pretender
The Nickel Boys
The Resisters (Runner-up)
Other Suggested Titles
Voting for the 2021 One Read book is now closed. We appreciate everyone who cast a vote for either either “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” by Casey Cep or “The Resisters” by Gish Jen.
We will announce the winning book on May 18 here at oneread.org.
In the meantime, read more about the two finalists.
The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 230 book suggestions for the 2021 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 24, cast your vote for either “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” by Casey Cep or “The Resisters” by Gish Jen. Read More
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2021 One Read book! Voting will take place April 5-24 in-person at all of our library locations and online here at oneread.org.
Welcome back for our final suggested title for One Read 2021!
Today’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!