One Maryland One Book 2013
From the Maryland Humanities Council website:
One Maryland One Book Selection Narrows: What Books Made the Top…11?
In 2012, nearly 7,000 Marylanders, hailing from every county in our state, took part in the Maryland’s only statewide book club, One Maryland One Book (OMOB). Partners—from libraries to universities to community centers—hosted book discussions, events, concerts, and other programs highlighting our 2012 selection by Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo. MHC was proud to bring Mr. Galloway to Maryland to speak with audiences across the state about his novel.
Recently MHC put a call out to the public to send to us suggestions for our 2013 pick. Selections were accepted under the theme “a pivotal and impactful moment in time.” There are other criteria for selections. You can find our full criteria here or access our OMOB FAQ page for more information.
- Click here to discover One Maryland One Book selections over the last five years.
More than 140 suggestions were submitted to MHC, via the One Maryland One Book Facebook page, MHC on Twitter, and via email. This list has been whittled down to 11 titles. In the coming weeks the One Maryland One Book selection committee will meet to complete the selection process, but we thought we’d share the current list with you.
Have you read any of these books? What qualities in a book make for great reading and discussion? Tell us what you think! Comment below or share your thoughts on One Maryland One Book Facebook page.
2013 Top 11:
- Wes Moore, The Other Wes More
- Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Alice McDermott, That Night
- Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
- Hillary Jordan, Mudbound
- Yann Martel, The Life of Pi
- Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Toni Morrison, Home
- Cornelia Nixon, Jarrettsville
- Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman, King Peggy
- Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
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One Maryland One Book is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Maryland State Department of Education. Additional support was received in 2012 from Constellation Energy, the Verizon Foundation, and M&T Bank. OMOB is produced in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library.