Suggest a Title

Read a good book lately? Suggest a 'Very Good Read' to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads planning committee and your suggestion just might be the pic for the upcoming Reads (which will take place in January & February 2014).

Committees will be meeting over the summer to consider hundreds of possible titles - and they want your help!

You can suggest a tittle using the Comments section, below, or by stopping by any Ann Arbor District Library or Ypsilanti District Library location. Suggest a title by June 30 and it will be considered for selection!

This year's theme is A Very Good Read and the book selected must be a work of fictions. Also:

* The writing should be engaging and thought-provoking.
* The subjects discussed should be accessible to readers throughout the community, high-school age and above.
* The length, price, and availability of the book should be suited to involvement by the general public.
* The book should be by a living author.
* Its treatment of issues should encourage readers to discuss the issues further with others, at home, work, reading clubs, and community events.
* Ideally, the subject should lead to constructive dialogues across our diverse communities.

Submit your ideas using the Comments section below!


State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The book I would like to suggest is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Unfortunately, it is not yet out in paperback, but I believe it will be soon. It's the story of a diary encased in a "Hello Kitty" lunchbox and sealed in several plastic bags that washes up on the shores of a remote British Columbia island. There it is found, among the seaweed by a writer. The diary is written by a 16 year old Japanese girl who grew up in America and deals with many fascinating themes including bullying, suicide, and the nature of time.

Judy Schmidt

Definitely The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury.. I'm not telling you what it's about so you go and see yourself. ;)

American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell. To me, these stories are about the Michigan beyond Ann Arbor.

Patchett's State of Wonder is also a promising choice.

Mudbound, Hillary Jordan
One Upon A River, Bonnie Jo Campbell
Flight, Sherman Alexie

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I would suggest "Glass Screams" by; L.R. Claude for the younger teens on up, it is a gripping story about a young girl and her struggle with a trauma that leaves her a victim in several ways with only herself to be able to handle everything, and overcome it.

Absolute Friends by John le Carré