What will Indy read? After receiving more than 825 book recommendations, the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library released Indy"s 25, a list of 25 books that includes the title that will ultimately become the focus of the city"s One Book, One City reading program.
Indy"s 25 includes a mixture of established classics and newer works, with subjects ranging from war to racial differences, history to family life, personal discovery to valued friendships.
The books were chosen by reviewing each nomination against pre-determined criteria that included finding a book with wide appeal, a book that would encourage discussion, a book that contained significant cultural, social or historical issues and a book that appeals to a wide range of readers.
Indy"s 25, in alphabetical order, are:
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, Jean Shephard
Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X with Alex Haley
A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
Life on the Color Line, Gregory Howard
Williams Caramelo, Sandra Cisneros
The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
Ordinary Heroes, Tom Casalini
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
Follow the River, James Alexander Thom
The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
Founding Brothers, Richard Ellis
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Sophie"s Choice, William Styron
The Friendly Persuasion, Jessamyn West
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Girl Named Zippy, Haven Kimmel
Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom
The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw
Due to the number of children"s books recommended, a second list of books for youth will be compiled.
The final book will be announced in mid-December. Throughout January, residents will be encouraged to participate in book discussions and other One Book-related programming at their local libraries and other organizations.
Until that announcement, residents can check out the complete Indy"s 25 list online at www.onebook.imcpl.org. Printed lists will be available by Thanksgiving at all Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library branches; all Marion County Borders bookstores; Barnes & Noble stores at Keystone, Carmel and Avon; CafÈ Patachou in Indianapolis; The Abbey; the Monon Coffee Company; and other locations.
"The library has copies of all the books on this list. We anticipate that many people will check out their favorite or select a new book from the list to read," said Edward Szynaka, chief executive officer for the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library.
One Book, One City - Indy"s Choice, a collaboration between the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, was created to unite the community around reading and discussing one book.