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The CR/HSU Book of the Year (BOTY) committee is currently taking nominations for our 2013/14 BOTY.  Send your suggestions to by 10/25/12. 

Along with the title and author, please include a brief explanation why you think it would be a good BOTY choice.
Finalists will be announced on 11/2/12. 

Voting for our 2013/14 BOTY will commence on 11/30/12 and run until 12/13/12.

The winner will be announced on Friday, 12/14, which should leave everyone plenty of time to incorporate the book into their 2013/14 curriculum if appropriate.

For more information about the CR BOTY program, including a list of our past BOTY nominations as well as the guidelines for choosing a book, please refer to the information below.


Before you suggest a book, keep in mind a few things: The book should be accessible to a wide variety of College of the Redwoods' students, including students in developmental English classes, such as English 150 & 350. It can be either fiction or non-fiction and should be a text that can be taught in a wide variety of disciplines. Texts over 400 pages are difficult to include within a semester's curriculum. We'll need a title, author, and a brief description of the book. Email your suggestions to Vinnie Peloso at


Books Suggested for 2012-13


The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka

Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell

When the Killing's Done, T.C. Boyle

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot.


 Books Suggested for 2011-2012


Candide, Voltaire
When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie  Otsuka
Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salmon Rushdie
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack, Rebecca Skloor
The Help, Katherine Stockart
The Living, Annie Dillard


   Books Suggested in 2008-2009

1) The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
    2) Three Cups of Tea by by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

          Books Suggested in 2004-2005

           1) The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
            2) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
            3) Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama 
            4) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
            5) Silicone Snake Oil by Clifford Stoll
            6) Beloved by Toni Morrison
             7) Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley
            8) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
            9) A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca
            10) Bel Canto by Anne Patchet
            11) Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
            12) Coyotes by Ted Conover
            13) A Primate's Memoir by Robert Sapolsky
            14) Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
            15) Sister of my Heart Chitra Divakruni
            16) A Trial by Jury by D. Graham Burnett
            17) Warriors Don't Cry: Searing Memoir of Battle to Integrate Little Rock by
                  Melba Patillo Beals
            18) Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
            19) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

            Books Suggested in 2003-2004

  1) The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  2) Atonement by Ian McEwan
  3) Jewel by Brett Lott
  4) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  5) The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  6) Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama  
  7) Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the End of
             the World
by Yang Erche Namu, Christine Mathieu
  8)  The Music of the Primes : Searching to Solve the
            Greatest Mystery in Mathematics by Marcus du Sautoy              
  9) The Mount by Carol Emshwiller
  10) Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
  11) Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama  
  12) Epitaph for a Peach by David M. Matsumoto
  13) Boonville by Robert Mailer Anderson
  14) Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
  15) A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Books Suggested in 2002-2003

1) Nickled and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
2) It's Not about the Bike by Lance Armstrong
3) The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
4) By Way of Water by Charlotte Gullick
5) Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt

Books Suggested in 2001-2002

1) By Bread Alone by Mel Mermelstein
2) Winterkill by Craig Lesley
3) The Fisherman's Son by Michael Koepf
4) Plainsong by Kent Haruf
5) In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
6) My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki
7) A Gathering of Finches by Jane Kirkpatrick
8) Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
9) Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
10) A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
11) Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
12) The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
13) Babyface: A Story of Heart and Bones by Jeanne McDermott
14) Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
15) Longitude by Dava Sobel
16) In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Opdyke
17) Finding Freedom: Writings from Death Row by Jarvis Jay Masters
18) The River Why by David James Duncan and Forbes Duncan
19) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
20) The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
21) Empire Falls by Richard Russo
22) Bel Canto by Anne Patchet
23) It's Not about the Bike by Lance Armstrong
24) Wild Life by Molly Gloss

Books Suggested in 2000-2001

1) Plainsong by Kent Haruf (301 pages in paperback)
2) Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama (211 pages in paperback)
3) A Match to the Heart by Gretel Ehrlich (201 pages in paperback)
4) The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (337 pages in paperback; winner of the Pulitzer Prize)
5) Totem Salmon by Freeman House (228 pages in paperback; winner of the Bay Area Booksellers' Award)
6) The Scalpel and the Silver Bear by Lori Arviso AlvordN (224 pages in paperback)
7) She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (465 pages in paperback)
8) October Sky by Homer Hickam, Jr. (428 pages in paperback; film on VHS)
9) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (349 pages in paperback)