Help us find Wyandotte County's Favorite Book
From May 22 to July 31, you can vote on your favorite book from the list of 100 books. Vote on our website or in our branches. We’ll announce the winner in August. One random person will be chosen to receive a free copy of the winning book.
The Great American Read: WyCo Edition is inspired by PBS’s The Great American Read. From The Great American Read website, the program "is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience." Visit The Great American Read website to learn more about the book list, watch clips from the show, and vote on America’s favorite book. Interested in knowing more about the process of selecting the books on The Great American Read list, which is also used for our WyCo Edition? Click here for frequently asked questions and to learn more about the selection proecess.
The following 100 titles have been chosen (based on a national survey) to be on the list. Click through the slideshow gallery below to see all 100 titles with a short description. You also can check to see if the title is available in our catalog for you to begin reading!
Alex Cross is a widower-detective-father who often fights against threatening villains, and criminals, who wish to kill Cross and others. It mainly focuses on Cross trying to solve very difficult cases while attempting to maintain a relationship with his family.
As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later will they find the courage to meet again?
Ayla, member of the Clan of the Cave Bear, a girl they found and raised, who was not like them. Although Ayla is clearly a member of the Others, she is gradually accepted into the family circle. But there are those who would cast her out for her strange, threatening ways.
Charlie Marlow tells his friends about his experiences as a steamboat captain on the River Congo. There, in the heart of Africa, his search for the extraordinary Mr. Kurtz caused him to question his own nature and values-- and the nature and values of his society.
In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.
When an elevator in a new city building goes into total freefall on Lila Mae's watch, chaos ensues. When she goes underground to investigate the crash, she becomes involved in the search for the portions of the notebooks that are still missing and uncovers a secret that will change her life forever.
Orphaned Jane Eyre endures an unhappy childhood and is then sent to comfortless Lowood School. But life there improves and Jane stays on as a teacher, though she still longs for love and friendship. She goes to work as a governess at Mr. Rochester's house, where she hopes she might find them.
Opening doors to the unlimited vistas of the mind, the Archons share their gift of psychic power, promising a new era of peace. But then governments get involved. Discovering the CIA and Russian Intelligence’s battle for psychic control, famed journalist Carla Bertelli delves into the power behind the Archons.
In a testimony to the lasting power of love, a man tells an elderly woman a story from a faded notebook, his voice relating the heartbreaking tale of two lovers and their fifty-year journey to happiness. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind.
Claire is catapulted back in time to the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. There a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that she becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire--and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Wade Watts has devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within the virtual utopia known as the OASIS--puzzles whose solution promise power and fortune. But when he stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on.
Okonkwo is a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s. The book explores his futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political and religious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.