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One Book, One San Diego Archive

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2015 Selection

The Shadow of the Wind

By Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Thumbnail image of the book cover for The Shadow of the WindSet in Barcelona, 1945, "The Shadow of the Wind," by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, tells the story of a city in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, as he finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wine, by Julián Carax. When he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: somone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darket secrets- an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

One Book, Sin Fronteras Selection: The One Book, Sin Fronteras companion book for “The Shadow of the Wind” is the original Spanish version of the book, ”La Sombra del Viento” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

One Book for Teens Selection: The teen companion book for "The Shadow of the Wind" is ”The Dumbest Idea Ever” by Jimmy Gownley.

One Book for Kids Selection: The children's companion book for "The Shadow of the Wind" is ”The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” by William Joyce.

One Book for Littlest Kids Selection: The toddler’s companion book for “The Shadow of the Wind” is ”It’s a Little Book” by Lane Smith.

2014 Selection

Monstress

By Lysley Tenorio

Thumbnail image of the book cover for Monstress"Monstress," by Lysley Tenorio, is a book of quirky short stories set amongst Filipino-American communities in California and the Philippines.

One Book for Kids Selection: The children's companion book for "Monstress" is "Cora Cooks Pancit" by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore.

One Book for Teens Selection: The teen companion book for "Monstress" is "American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang.

2013 Selection

Caleb's Crossing

By Geraldine Brooks

Thumbnail image of the book cover for Caleb’s CrossingInspired by a true story, "Caleb’s Crossing," by Geraldine Brooks, is narrated by a young woman named Bethia Mayfield, growing up in Martha’s Vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the son of a chieftain and the two forge a secret bond. Bethia’s father is a Calvinist minister who seeks to convert the native Wampanoag, and Caleb becomes a prize in the contest between old ways and new, eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College.

One Book for Kids Selection: The children's companion book for "Caleb’s Crossing" is "Jingle Dancer” by Cynthia Leitich Smith.

2012 Selections

Into the Beautiful North

By Luis Alberto Urrea

Thumbnail image of the book cover for Into the Beautiful North"Into the Beautiful North," by Luis Alberto Urrea, tells the story of Nayeli, a young taco shop worker living in the Mexican village of Tres Camarones. Upon realizing that nearly all the men from her town have moved North, Nayeli and three of her friends travel to the San Diego area in hopes of finding men to bring back to Mexico. The central characters encounter surprises along the way, in this funny yet powerful tale of their journey.

One Book for Kids Selection: The children's companion book for "Into the Beautiful North" is "Armando and the Blue Tarp School" by Edith Fine and Judith Josephson.

Moloka’i

by Alan Brennert

Thumbnail image for the book cover of Moloka'i

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

Sky of Red Poppies

By Zohreh Ghahremani

Thumbnail image of the book cover for Sky of Red PoppiesSet against the backdrop of a politically divided 1960's Iran under rule of the Shah, "Sky of Red Poppies" is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate Shireen. But Shireen has secrets of her own. Together, Roya and Shireen contend with becoming the women they want to be and, in doing so, make decisions that will cause their tragic undoing.

One Book for Kids Selection: The children's companion book for "Sky of Red Poppies" is "The Secret Message” by Mina Javaherbin.

Previous Selections

The Gangster We Are All Looking For

2011 Selection

Thumbnail image of the book cover for The Gangster We Are All Looking For"The Gangster We Are All Looking For," written by lê thi diem thúy, is a true-life novel about a Vietnamese refugee family in San Diego, told from the perspective of the family’s daughter, who is just six years old when they arrive. The narrator and her parents struggle to adapt to life in an unfamiliar land, while simultaneously dealing with a troubled marriage, a father’s mysterious past, and the loss of a brother, in this painful, magical, and poetic novel.

Outcasts United

2010 Selection

Thumbnail image of the book cover for Outcasts United"Outcasts United" was the 2009-2010 One Book One San Diego selection! An online vote was conducted during the month of October. "Outcasts United" received 61 percent of 1,500 votes. The other two choices were "Dreamers of the Day" and "Song Yet Sung."

The Zookeeper's Wife

2009 Selection

Thumbnail image of the Zookeeper's Wife book cover The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman is the remarkable true-story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who, with extraordinary courage, compassion, and calm under pressure, managed to save hundreds of people from Nazi hands. With her inimitable blend of lyricism and insight into the natural world, Ackerman reveals in this book how empathy for nature can, occasionally, allow us to triumph over the worst in human nature.

Three Cups of Tea

2008 Selection

Thumbnail image of the Three Cups of Tea book cover In Three Cups of Tea, author Greg Mortenson and acclaimed journalist David Oliver Relin, recount the unlikely journey that led Mortenson from a failed attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to successfully building schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Enrique's Journey

2007 Selection

Thumbnail image of the Enrique's Journey book cover Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario is the astonishing true story that recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.