Reading Together: Previous Programs

One Book, One Community

Each year, Reading Together invites people of all ages, from all walks of life, to read and discuss issues raised by a single book.

Here is a list of our past Reading Together programs.


The Submission by Amy Waldman

In this deeply humane novel, the breadth of Amy Waldman’s cast of characters is matched by her startling ability to conjure their perspectives. A striking portrait of a fractured city striving to make itself whole. more...



Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence. more...



Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the modern classics Mountains Beyond Mountains and The Soul of a New Machine returns with the extraordinary true story of a young man and his will to survive. more...



Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

The enthralling novel Snow Falling on Cedars is at once a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, the story of a doomed love affair, and a stirring meditation on place, prejudice, and justice. more...



All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s ManThe Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg says he learned to tell stories by listening to the masters, the people of the foothills of the Appalachians. They talked of their everyday lives. Those stories are the backbone of all three of his memoirs. more...



Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

Kingsolver writes entertaining, plot-driven stories rich in symbolism, literary innovation, and social commentary. Blending flashbacks, dreams, and Native American legends, Animal Dreams is a suspenseful love story... more...



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read. more...



The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, The Things They Carried is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war. more...



The Color of Water by James McBride

In this remarkable memoir, James McBride’s mother tells her own story, a powerful portrait of growing up, a meditation on race and identity, and a poignant, beautifully crafted hymn from a son to his mother. more...



Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

A classic book of undercover reporting and a New York Times bestseller, Nickel and Dimed is Ehrenreich’s account of what it is like to make a living on the salary of a low-paid or “unskilled” worker. more... 



Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950. Many consider Fahrenheit 451 to be Bradbury’s masterpiece. more...