Former Nominees and Winning Big Read Selections



  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough *Winner*
  • Lock In by John Scalzi
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates



  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline *Winner*
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

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2015 - The 10th Anniversary!

  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion *Winner*
  • Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler



  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed *Winner*
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern



  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers *Winner*

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot *Winner*
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

Dreamers of the Day


  • Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell *Winner*
  • This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by various authors, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman
  • The Soloist by Steve Lopez

Nineteen Minutes


  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult *Winner*
  • The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations--One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Funny in Farsi


  • Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas *Winner*
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

The Glass Castle


  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls *Winner*
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

To Kill a Mockingbird


  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee *Winner*
  • Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Nickel and Dimed


  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich