Happy New Year from Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities! Whether you’re still curled up on vacation, grabbing the next train home, or just looking for an engrossing read to stave off the post-holiday blues, check out one of the books below. It could be the 2019 One Maryland One Book pick!
The 2019 One Maryland One Book theme is “Nature.” Readers across Maryland suggested more than 250 titles via email and the Maryland Center for the Book Facebook page. Our committee narrowed the list to the top 11 and will select the top 3 titles in late January.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to Maryland Humanities’ e-News to get the latest updates on the selection process and be the first to hear what we’ll be discussing across our state. We will know the 2019 selection in March. Learn more about the criteria and process on our website.
Top 11 titles under consideration for One Maryland One Book 2019
- The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
- The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell
- What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
- Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
- Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring True Story of the Woman who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
- Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
- Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift
- The Big Melt by Ned Tillman
About One Maryland One Book
One Maryland One Book author Tim Junkin discusses Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence at the Baltimore Book Festival, as part of the 2018 Author Tour.
When we read a great book, we can’t wait to share the experience and talk about it with others. That’s one of the joys of reading. In that spirit, Maryland Humanities created One Maryland One Book to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book.
One Maryland One Book programs, including an author tour, take place each year in the fall. We invite you to participate in book-centered discussions and related programs at public libraries, high schools, colleges, museums, bookstores, and community and senior centers around the state. A calendar of free public events will be available online this summer.
What do you think of the 2019 Top Eleven list? Have you read any of the titles and if so, what did you think? Let us know by posting a comment below! Please share this news with fellow readers from Mountain Maryland to the Eastern Shore.