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Selection 2005

Selected Book:

  • The Starship and the Canoe by Kenneth Brower
Selection Finalists:
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
  • Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen
  • Down on the Shore by Adele Holden
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
  • Halfway Home My Life ’til Now by Dr. Ronan Tynan
  • Human Stain by Phillip Roth
  • In the Company by Michael J. Durant
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, et. al.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Marc Haddon
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Additional Nominations:
  • A Civil Action by Johnathan Harr
  • A Classic of Western Literature by Kafka or Dickens
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • A Heartbreaking Word of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient by Norman Cousins
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
  • Bleachers by John Grisham
  • Briar Rose by Jane Yole
  • College Success Strategies by Sherry L. Nist
  • Complications: A Surgeon’s Note on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
  • Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O’Toole
  • Disclosure by Michael Crichton
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss
  • Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik
  • Fire in a Canebrake by Laura Wexler
  • Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by S. Rushdie
  • I of the Vortex by Roldolfo Llinas
  • Into the Wild by John Krakauer
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Lost in the City by Edward Jones
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Morrie: In His Own Words by Morrie Schawrtz
  • Nickel and Dimed: on (not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Oh, The Things I Know! A Guide to Success or, Failing That, Happiness by Al Franken
  • On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • Roots by Alex Haley
  • Run by Douglas Wilder
  • Savannah by John Jakes
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Second Nature by Michael Pollan
  • Skywriting by Jane Pauley
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seirstad
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
  • The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Known World by Edward Jones
  • The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Ederich
  • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
  • The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • The US Constitution
  • Transforming Leadership by James McGregor Bride
  • Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire