2021 Book Selection Process Notes

The College Reads! committee reviewed books for 2021 The College Reads! program in the fall of 2020. The committee selected The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where To Go From Here, by Hope Jahren (2020). 

2021 The College Reads! Book Nomination List

Title of Book: Author(s) of Book:
A Disability History of the United States Kim Nielsen
A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet Sarah Jaquette Ray
A History of Kindness Linda Hogan
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Bill Bryson
After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration Holly Buck
All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis Eds. Ayana Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson
Annihilation Jeff VanderMeer
Becoming Michelle Obama
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Between the world and me Ta-nehisi Coates
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime Ron Stallworth
Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer
Candide Voltaire
Charleston Syllabus Chad Williams (Editor), Kidada E. Williams (Editor), Keisha N. Blain (Editor)
Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine
Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress Christopher Ryan
Decision Points George W. Bush
Denmark Vesey's Garden Ethan J. Kytle & Blain Roberts
Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century Alice Wong (editor)
Disposable City: Miami's Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe Mario Alejandro Ariza
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist Kate Raworth
Dry Neal and Jarrod Shusterman
Educated Tara Westover
Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy Richard Hansen
Enlightenment Now Steven Pinker
Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng
From Here To Eternity: Traveling The World To Find The Good Death Caitlin Doughty
FutureGen, Lessons from a Small Country Jane Davidson
Good Economics for Hard Times Abhijit V. Banerjee and Ester Duflo
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
Homie: Poems Danez Smith
Hope in the Time of Chemo David Lee Nelson
House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer
How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them Jason Stanley
How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi
How to Make a Slave and Other Essays (21st Century Essays) Jerald Walker
In Darkest South Carolina Brian Hicks
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom Yeonmi Park
Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have Tatiana Schlossberg
Indigenous: poems Jennifer Reeser
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked Adam Alter
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson
Just Us: An American Conversation Claudia Rankine
Know My Name: A Memoir Chanel Miller
Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for confronting climate change Rae Andre
Leave the World Behind: A Novel Rumaan Alam
Lies My Teacher Told Me James W. Loewen
Losing Earth: The Decade We Could Have Stopped Climate Change Nathaniel Rich
Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems and Artifacts Nikky Finney
Migration Charlotte McConaghy
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy Carol Anderson
Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us David Neiwert
Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire Rebecca Henderson
Revolutionary Suicide Huey P Newton
RIDERS ON THE STORM: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being Alastair McIntosh
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Elizabeth Rush
Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America's Shores Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey
Small Great Things Jodi Picoult
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson
Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid
Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South Rick Van Noy
The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change Gleb Raygorodetsky
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die Keith Payne
The Coddling of the American Mind Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity Nadine Burke Harris, M.D
The False Cause Adam Domby
The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature David Haskell
The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What's Possible in the Age of Warming Eric Holthaus
The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis  Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac
The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
The Seep Chana Porter
The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors David Haskell
The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here Hope Jahren
The Tipping Point Malcom Gladwell
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming David Wallace-Wells
The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It Kelly McGonigal
This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate Naomi Klein
This is where it ends Marieke Nijkamp
This Land is Our Land: The Struggle for a New Commonwealth Jedediah Purdy
Turtles All the Way Down John Green
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval Saidiya Hartman
We all Fall Down: LIving with Addiction Nic Sheff
We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo
When the Sun Disappeared Sabriyah Richardson
Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens
White Fragility: Why it's so hard for White People to talk about racism Robin Diangelo
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race Beverly Tatum
With the Fire On High Elizabeth Acevedo
Women Don't Owe you Pretty Florence Given