Read Contra Costa
Read Contra Costa is a program that invites all members of the community to read the same book and encourages readers to engage in conversations with others on the shared experience. The library purchases extra copies of the selected title in multiple formats, schedules events around the theme of the book, and invites the author to present a talk as the finale to the program.
Read Contra Costa 2021 is scheduled for October and November, and the Library would like to get your help in selecting the title. Staff has culled through hundreds of well-reviewed titles written over the past year or two and come up with a top ten list of books we want you to consider. Please fill out the book selection survey to share your favorite. Each title is listed below and linked to the catalog, so you can get more information about each one (and place a hold) as you go through the list.
by Brittany K. Barnett
An urgent call to free those buried alive by America's legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity-from a gifted young lawyer and important new voice in the movement to transform the system.
We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy edited
edited by Natalie Baszile
The author of the novel Queen Sugar gathers together essays, poems, photographs, quotes, conversations, and first-person stories to examine black people's connection to the American land from Emancipation to today.
by Traci Chee
Spanning three years, from March 1942 to March 1945, Chee's accomplished young adult novel about America's treatment of Japanese Americans is told by 14 Nisei teenagers who have grown up together in San Francisco's Japantown.
by Carol Edgarian
Narrowly surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a bordello proprietor's daughter bonds with an unlikely new family - from a Chinese clan and an orphan caregiver to tenor Enrico Caruso and tabloid celebrity Alma Spreckels.
by Jessica Goudreau
America has both welcomed and turned its back on immigrants and refugees since its existence. After the Last Border is an intimate look at the lives of two women as they struggle for the twenty-first century American dream, having won the golden ticket to settle as refugees in Austin, Texas.
by Brandon Hobson
Steeped in Cherokee myths and history, a novel about a fractured family reckoning with the tragic death of their son long ago - from National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson.
by Chang-rae Lee
Long on heart but short on talent and ambition, a young American named Tiller has his life turned around when he meets successful Chinese American businessman Pong Lou, who takes him on an eye-opening yearlong trip to Asia. From Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee.
by Vendela Vida
Teenage best friends Eulabee and Maria saunter around their San Francisco neighborhood as if they owned it. But an argument about something they thought they saw on the way to their fancy private school splits their friendship. And then Maria disappears.
by Pip Williams
In this remarkable debut based on actual events, as a team of male scholars compiles the first Oxford English Dictionary, one of their daughters decides to collect the "objectionable" words they omit.
by Michelle Zauner
Zauner, of indie band Japanese Breakfast, presents a memoir about growing up Korean-American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.