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:

AUTHOR                                                                              TITLE

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 MartelThe Life of Pi
Jonathan Safran Foer,  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Toni MorrisonHome
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.


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3 Responses to “One Maryland One Book Selection Narrows: What Books Made the Top…11?”

  1. Susan Middaugh Says:

    I recommend The Other Wes Moore, which our book group read particularly because your intended audience will include high school and college students

  2. Emily Correll Says:

    As a Southerner, I found Mudbound to be very depressing. Any book that starts with a burial in Mississippi is not uplifting.

    I never could get into The Life of Pi, although I did start it. It seems a bit esoteric for general reading.

    I liked the Dressmaker of Khair Khana, although it may be more of a woman’s book than all purpose.

    I keep saying I am going to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Maybe having it as OMOB would spur me.

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