One City, One Book – 2018 Finalists


Voting is now closed. The winning selection will be announced in late summer with fall programs.


Red Notice is Bill Browder’s riveting true story of the years he spent as an investment banker in post-Soviet Russia, trying desperately to stay a step ahead of the country’s corrupt and murderous oligarchy and seeking justice for one of its most courageous victims. A national best-seller, Red Notice provides a haunting, close-up look at the greed and moral bankruptcy of Russian billionaires and the police state they control in the Putin era.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a charming and poignant novel about a family trying to cope with a very unusual child. Northern California author Karen Joy Fowler tells the tale through the eyes of Rose, the hyper-perceptive, sardonic daughter who can’t stop talking until the sadness of her life catches up with her, leaving her speechless. The tale weaves compellingly around a core theme of animal rights and human responsibilities. Oh, and Rose’s sister is a chimpanzee.

Ernest Hemingway kept A Moveable Feast in a vault as a financial legacy for his family. When it was published after the novelist’s death, it became an instant classic, delighting generations of readers with its unflinching descriptions of the writer’s life in 1920s Paris. It’s all here: the Left Bank cafes, the artists’ salons, and an unforgettable cast of characters including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his crazy wife Zelda and a host of lesser, but equally colorful, lights. 


One City, One Book is a “citywide book club” that encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of events that celebrate the book. The annual choice is announced in the summer and community events are planned for the fall giving the community time to read and enjoy the book. Now in its 13th year, One City, One Book is presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and Contra Costa County Library. View previous book selections HERE.

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