Nevada County Reads

About the program:

The Nevada County Community Library and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools presents Nevada County Reads annually. The project, developed in 2005, is designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Everyone in the community can participate: read a book, share perspectives, attend a program, engage on social media and build a stronger community together.  Nevada County Reads is funded in part by the Friends of the Nevada County Library. 

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Previous Year's Selections

  1. 2021

CIRCE by Madeline Miller

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born.  But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. 


With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world. A New York Times Best Seller, an Alex Award winner for crossover teen-adult fiction, and named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, The Washington Post, Time, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly, Circe is an intoxicating and powerful read.

  1. 2021
  2. 2020
  3. 2019
  4. 2018
  5. 2017
  6. 2016

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Round House by Louise Erdrich woman wrapped in red blanketThe Round House is a winner in the National Book Award for fiction.  One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

  1. 2015
  2. 2014
  3. 2013
  4. 2012
  5. 2011

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Three young teens, trash-picker living in the city dump of an unnamed  third-world country, discover a mysterious bag one morning, triggering a chain of events that will change their lives forever. Raphael, Gordo,  and Rat take turns nar-rating the story of how they uncover a network of political corruption and abuse of the poor. Each puzzle the boys solve  leads to yet a new riddle for them to work out. The chase leads them  throughout the city, exposing the great disparity be-tween the “haves”  and the “have nots,” and the huge injustice this represents. Several  run-ins with the police make it clear that getting caught means death  for the three boys.

“Trash is a compelling read. The action is riveting and the secret codes throughout will appeal mystery fans” - School Library Journal, starred review 

“This gripping book engages readers both as an adventure and as a social  justice story. Readers will be satisfied by the cinematic conclusion and the noble decision the heroes make.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review 

"The three boys, and others, act as alternating narrators of the story,  giving vivid descriptions of their lives. In spite of this, the boys’  hope and determination for justice and the dilemmas they face with so  much courage will impress readers. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

  1. 2010
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  4. 2007
  5. 2006
  6. 2005

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

San Piedro, a small island in the Pacific Northwest, is home to salmon fishermen and strawberry farmers. It is also home to many Japanese-Americans. Snow Falling on Cedars opens in Judge Lew Fielding's courtroom as the trial of one of these Japanese-Americans, Kabuo Miyamoto, who is on trial for killing fellow fisherman Carl Heine, Jr., commences.

First-novelist Guterson presents a multilayered courtroom drama set in the aftermath of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. -- Publishers Weekly

"Haunting. . . . A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper." -- Los Angeles Times