One City One Book Recommendations: Families

If you run a One City One Book program and are looking specifically for stories about families, we’ve got you covered!

For even more recommendations, check out this post and this Edelweiss catalog.

And if you’re looking for coming-of-age stories instead, check out this post.

Trade paperback available 8/1/23

THE BOOK EATERS is a contemporary fantasy debut. It’s a story of motherhood, sacrifice, and hope; of queer identity and learning to accept who you are; of gilded lies and the danger of believing the narratives others create for you.

OTHER NAMES FOR LOVE by Taymour Soomro
Trade paperback available 7/11/23

A charged, hypnotic debut novel about a boy’s life-changing summer in rural Pakistan: a story of fathers, sons, and the consequences of desire.

THIS GOLDEN STATE by Marit Weisenberg
Trade paperback available 6/6/23

A propulsive, emotional novel following a family on the run, a restless teenage daughter hungry for the truth, and the simple DNA test that threatens their carefully crafted world.

MA AND ME: A Memoir by Putsata Reang
Trade paperback available 5/16/23

In her startling memoir, Putsata Reang explores the long legacy of inherited trauma and the crushing weight of cultural and filial duty. With rare clarity and lyric wisdom, MA AND ME is a stunning, deeply moving memoir about love, debt, and duty.

Trade paperback available 4/25/23

Opening in the early nineties and charting almost two decades of shared history and missed connections, NOTES ON YOUR SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE is both a breathtaking love story about two broken people who are unexplainably, inconveniently drawn to each other and a wryly astute coming-of-age tale brimming with unexpected moments of joy.

THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah
Trade paperback available 3/14/23

A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, THE FOUR WINDS is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

BROTHERS ON THREE: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana by Abe Streep
Trade paperback available 3/7/23

BROTHERS ON THREE is not simply a story about high school basketball, about state championships and a winning team. It is a book about community, and it is about boys on the cusp of adulthood, finding their way through the intersecting worlds they inhabit and forging their own paths to personhood.

OLGA DIES DREAMING by Xochitl Gonzalez
Trade paperback available now

A blazing talent debuts with the tale of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her social ambitions, absent mother, and Puerto Rican roots­, all in the wake of Hurricane Maria

KIN: A Memoir by Shawna Kay Rodenberg
Trade paperback available now

A heart stopping memoir of a wrenching Appalachian girlhood and a multilayered portrait of a misrepresented people, from Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award winner Shawna Kay Rodenberg.

ONE TWO THREE by Laurie Frankel
Trade paperback available now

From the New York Times bestselling author of THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS comes a timely, topical novel about love and family that will make you laugh and cry…and laugh again.

Trade paperback available now

One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the ever looming absence of her incarcerated father and the path we must take to both honor and overcome our origins.

CROSSING THE LINE: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport that Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser
Trade paperback available now

This is the story of bonds of brotherhood, family loyalty, the transformative connection between man and horse, and forging a better future that comes from overcoming impossible odds.

THE HOUSE UPTOWN by Melissa Ginsburg
Trade paperback available now

An emotional coming-of-age novel about a young girl who goes to live with her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her mother.

THE HOUSE OF RUST by Khadiji Abdalla Bajaber
Trade paperback available now

The first Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize winner, a story of a girl’s fantastical sea voyage to rescue her father.

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD: A Collective Refugee Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
Trade paperback available now

In Yang’s exquisite, necessary telling, these fourteen stories for refugee journeys restore history and humanity to America’s strangers and redeem its long tradition of welcome.

DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz
Trade paperback available now

In the vein of ANOTHER BROOKLYN and AMERICANAH, a novel about a Dominican teenager’s arranged marriage and immigration to New York City, set in the 1960s and inspired by the author’s mother.

MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey
Trade paperback available now

A darkly enchanting debut novel from the award-winning Sarah Gailey, perfect for fans of Charlie Jane Anders and Megan Abbott, following the harrowing search for a killer at a private academy for mages hidden in modern-day Northern California.

MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
Trade paperback available now

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy

RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi
Novella available now

Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.

THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo
Trade paperback available now

THE NIGHT TIGER draws us into a world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. But anchoring this dazzlingly ambitious, propulsive novel is the intimate coming of age of a boy and a girl, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible.

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