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The Big Read: Cast your vote for the next Big Read!

The Big Read is a community reading project that brings neighbors, friends, family, and students in the Miami Valley together to read and discuss the same book.

You can help choose the next book everyone will be reading by voting online at or picking up a paper ballot at your local library.

Voting is open through October 23, 2016. The winning book will be announced at the end of October, and Big Read book discussions and events will take place in 2017.

This Year’s Nominees

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End

By Atul Gawande

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, argues that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience, providing not only a good life but also a good end.


Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history, Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a series of essays to his adolescent son, exploring both personal and historical events. From his analysis of the concept of race, to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates sums up the history of black people in the United States.


Lock In

Lock In

By John Scalzi

Written by a Hugo Award–winning local author from Bradford and set in the not too distant future, a virus has swept the globe causing 1% of the world’s population to become “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. This is the background for a murder investigation that becomes something much more.

Science Fiction

The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers

By David McCullough

Drawing on nearly 1,000 letters of family correspondence plus diaries, notebooks, and scrapbooks in the Library of Congress, McCullough tells the extraordinary American story of the two Dayton brothers who changed the world.


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