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

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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!

Suggested One Read: The Paris Hours

This is one of the last suggested titles we are highlighting for One Read 2021. In January the reading panel will start narrowing down the list.

The Paris Hours book coverToday’s nominated title is “The Paris Hours” by Columbia’s very own Alex George. It tells the story of Proust’s Paris during the Jazz Age, with all of it’s famous inhabitants, but through the lens of four obscure characters who are all searching for something. This book had multiple nominations. One nominator called it a “beautiful story historically set in Paris.” Another nominator said that it was “an excellent work of historical fiction with captivating narratives to the very end.” Our final nominator said that it is “thought provoking plus supports a local author.” Thank you, nominators.

Check back Wednesday for our final suggested One Read!

Suggested One Read: Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

We are into our final week for highlighting community suggestions for the 2021 One Read title while we anxiously wait to see what titles our One Read reading panel chooses for next year’s community read.

Ten Lesson book coverToday’s suggested title is “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” by Fareed Zakaria. According to our nominator, the “author puts in perspective why some countries effectively managed the virus with few infections and deaths and less economic impact and why some countries, especially the US, failed in its response. The author breaks down history and poses considerations to be better prepared not just for the next pandemic but for other global situations such as climate change. The author articulates quality over quantity in government, how data is being collected and used, and the impact of nationalism verse globalization. Completed during the summer of 2020, it would be interesting to discuss how the world is doing one year later.”

If you have missed any of our suggested titles, you can find them here. Be sure to check back for our final nomination suggestions!

Suggested One Read: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

We have just a few more nominated titles for One Read 2021 to share with you before the year ends. We are highlighting just some the the suggested titles so you can see what others are enjoying.

On Earth We're Briefly GorgeousNext up “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The person who nominated this book had this to say, “the book covers a wide variety of topics — race, gender, sexuality, masculinity, grief and language — which would enable discussion and events on a wide range.”

Stay tuned for more One Read nominees throughout the month of December!