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UCSB Reads 2023: Books Shortlisted for UCSB Reads 2023

The UCSB Reads Shortlist

Each year, the UCSB Reads Advisory Committee, a committee of faculty, staff, students, and community partners that advises UCSB Library on the UCSB Reads book selection for the next academic year, convenes to select an intellectually stimulating, interdisciplinary book by a living author that appeals to a wide range of readers and can be incorporated into the UCSB curriculum. Each committee member pitches two titles to the long list, which is narrowed down by vote to a shortlist of five titles. The final book is chosen by vote from these five.

The UCSB Reads 2023 Advisory Committee welcomes your input on the shortlist, which is listed below.

Please vote for your favorite here.

"All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake" by Tiya Miles

Available from UCSB Library

Available in multiple formats including audio and eBook from Santa Barbara Public Library and Goleta Valley Public Library

"The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred" by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Ebook available from UCSB Library 

Available in multiple formats including audio and eBook from Santa Barbara Public Library

Available in print from Goleta Valley Public Library

"Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America" by Marcia Chatelain

Available from UCSB Library

Available in audio from Santa Barbara Public Library

Available in ebook and audio from Goleta Valley Public Library

"Happy City: Transforming our Lives Through Urban Design" by Charles Montgomery

Available from UCSB Library

Available in multiple formats including audio and eBook from Santa Barbara Public Library

Available in audio format from Goleta Valley Public Library. 

"There, There" by Tommy Orange

Available from UCSB Library

Available in multiple formats including audio and eBook from Santa Barbara Public Library and Goleta Valley Public Library


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