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Santa Barbara Reads

Santa Barbara Reads is a reading program that encourages community members to read a chosen book, engage in discussions about it, and participate in related events sponsored by the Public Library system. Copies of the books (in various formats) are available at all local public libraries.

 Santa Barbara Reads Previous Selections:


 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson



 Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman



The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan

big burn


Moonwalking with Einstein: the Art and Science of Remembering Anything
by Joshua Foer


The Things They Carried (The Big Read)
by Tim O'Brien



Moby-Duck: the true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea, and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools-- including the author-- who went in search of them
by Donovan Hohn


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

2010 Enrique's Journey
by Sonia Nazario
Enrique's Journey


Fahrenheit 451 (The Big Read)
by Ray Bradbury



Ethics for the New Millennium
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

travels of a t-shirt


by Marilynne Robinson

travels of a t-shirt


The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade
by Pietra Rivoli

travels of a t-shirt
2007 Mountains Beyond Mountains
by Tracy Kidder


2007 Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
2007 Field Notes from a Catastrophe : Man, Nature, and Climate Change
by Elizabeth Kolbert
2006 My California: Journeys By Great Writers
edited by Donna Wares
2005 When the Emperor was Divine
by Julie Otsuka
2004 The Curious Incident of
the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon
2003 Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
2002 The Tortilla Curtain
by T.C. Boyle
Last Updated: Oct 25, 2016