Top 10 Checked Out Books of 2019

Top 10 Checked Out Books of 2019

PCC faculty, staff, and students checked out lots of books this year.  Topping the list is Tommy Orange’s There There, an exploration of Native peoples who are living in urban spaces.

Below are the top ten book titles checked out from the library in 2019.

There there

Author: Tommy Orange
Published: 2019

This book explores the themes of Native peoples who are living in urban spaces.  Issues of ambivalence and the struggles with identity and authenticity are explored through a variety of the novel’s characters. See the Everybody Reads 2020 Library Topic Guide for additional information about this book.


Educated: a memoir

Author: Tara Westover
Published: 2018

This memoir recounts Tara’s growing up days on a remote mountain in Idaho, the seventh child of survivalist parents.  Her determination to leave home and get a formal education was a way to break away and find a life of her own.

Exit West: A Novel

Author: Mohsin Hamid
Published: 2017

This is a love story between two young people who make a difficult decision to leave their home in search of a safer place to live.  It is a story about confinement, escape, migration, and loss.

White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Author: Robin J. DiAngelo
Published: 2018

This book is about the phenomenon of white fragility, defensive movements that white people make when challenged racially.  The author shares her thoughts on confronting the unconscious bias that clouds every interaction between white people and people of color.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Author: Edited by Paul Hawken
Published: 2017

This book includes one hundred techniques and practices for realistic and bold solutions to climate change.  If these solutions are utilized over the next 30 years, they will not just slow the earth’s warming but reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases peak then begin to decline.


Between the World and Me

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Published: 2015

This book offers a framework for understanding our nation’s history fueled by race discrimination.  The author shares his own exploration of why black people seem to live in fear and offers a new framework for understanding that something beyond these categories is possible.

The Overstory: A Novel

Author: Richard Powers
Published: 2019

This is a story of nine people who are ultimately connected by trees and the natural world.  In observing the approaching catastrophe caused by deforestation, these individuals join in activism to save the earth’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.


Author: Michelle Obama
Published: 2018

An inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.  From growing up on the South Side of Chicago to her time in the White House, Michelle strives to live authentically and use her voice in the service of others.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens
Published: 2018

This is the story of Kya who found herself living alone in North Carolina marsh at the age of 10. She survives on her own by learning from the land. Her solitude ends when she becomes intrigued by two young men from town. The story takes many twists and turns and morphs into a murder mystery.

Building Cultural Intelligence (CQ): Nine Megaskills

Author: Richard D. Bucher
Published: 2008

This book offers a practical understanding of cultural intelligence as a skill we can all learn, develop, and manage.  Nine specific megaskills are offered to help promote cross-cultural understanding.  Each chapter offers learning aids and self-assessments for specific competencies.