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1920a Community Read 2021

A community read event is an effort to get the whole community reading a related topic at the same time.

This year, we're reading books set in or about the 1920s as we celebrate the NP Library's 100th Anniversary! Our library was founded in 1921, just at the start of the decade that would come to be known as The Roaring Twenties. It was a time of economic prosperity & consumerism following World War I. This decade included the Jazz Age, the Harlem Rennaisance, Prohibition, racial unrest, courtroom battles between science and religion, infamous gangsters, political corruption, and the birth of Hollywood. There is so much to read about this era, whatever your interests may be. 

Browse through our Community Read title lists for each age group below. Click the Age Group Header to go directly to our catalog where you can check out these great books set during the 1920s or about this historic decade.


classic pooh tigger piglet     EASY PICTURE BOOK TITLES

Nutcracker in Harlem. McMorrow, T.E.   E Mcmo CHRISTMAS

Harlem Renaissance Party. Ringgold, Faith.  E Rin

Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood. Weatherford, Carole Boston.  E Wea

The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real. Bianco, Margery Williams.   E Wil

meet the box car children 1    JUVENILE FICTION TITLES


Bud, not Buddy.  Curtis, Christopher Paul.  JUV FIC CUR

Hitty, her First Hundred Years.  Field, Rachel.  JUV FIC Fie

Winnie-the-Pooh.  Milne, A.A.

A Stitch in Time. Kalmar, Daphne.  JUV FIC Kal

Balto of the Blue Dawn.  Osborne, Mary Pop.  JUV FIC Osb

Swallows and Amazons.  Ransome, Arthur.  JUV FIC Ran

Where the Red Fern Grows: The Story of Two Boys and a Dog.  Rawls, Wilson. JUV FIC Raw

Operation Red Jericho.  Mowll, Joshua.  JUV FIC Mow

A Long Way From Chicago: A Novel in Stories.  Peck, Richard.  JUV FIC Pec

Esperanza Rising. Ryan, Pam Munoz. JUV FIC Rya

All-of-a-Kind-Family.  Taylor, Sydney.  JUV FIC Tay

The Story Collector. Tubb, Kristin O'Donnell. JUV FIC Tub

Moon Over Manifest. Vanderpool, Clare. JUV FIC Van

All My Noble Dreams and then What Happens. Whelan, Gloria.  JUV FIC Whe

The Star Fisher.  Yep, Laurence.  JUV FIC Yep

1928 female athletes   JUVENILE NONFICTION TITLES

With Courage and Cloth : Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote.  Bausum, Ann.  JUV 324.623 Bau

Created Equal : Women Campaign for the Right to Vote 1840-1920.  Rossi, Ann.  JUV 324.623 Ros

The Crash of 1929. Aaseng, Nathan   JUV 338.54 Aas

The Nineteenth Amendment: Women’s Right to Vote.  Peterson, Judy Monroe.  JUV 342.73 Pet

The Eighteenth and Twenty-first Amendments : alcohol, prohibition, and repeal. Lucas, Eileen  JUV 344.73 Luc

Prohibition. Rebman, Renee C.  JUV 344.73 Reb

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World. Ignotofsky, Rachel.  JUV 509.252 Ign

Flight: the Journey of Charles Lindbergh. Burleigh, Robert.   JUV 629.13 Bur

Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties. Macy, Sue  JUV 796.082 Mac

The Harlem Renaissance.  Johnson, Dolores.  Juv 973.0596 Afr

The 1920s From Prohibition to Charles Lindbergh.  Feinstein, Stephen.  JUV 973.915 Fei

1920s. Sharman, Margaret.  JUV 973.915 Sha

charleston dancing     YOUNG ADULT FICTION TITLES

The Diviners. Bray, Libba. YA FIC Bra

The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  YA FIC Fit

The Luxe. Godbersen, Anna.  YA FIC God

Witness. Hesse, Karen.  JUV FIC Hes

Dreamland Burning. Latham, Jennifer.   YA FIC Lat

Black Duck. Lisle, Janet Taylor.  JUV FIC Lis

Diary of a Waitress: The Not-So-Glamourous Life of a Harvey Girl. Meyer, Carolyn. YA FIC Mey

Harlem Summer. Myers, Walter Dean.  YA FIC Mye

Angel of Greenwood. Pink, Randi.  YA FIC Pin

A Sky Painted Gold. Wood, Laura.  YA FIC Woo


Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir. Ha, Robin.   YA GRAPHIC Ha

The End of the Roaring Twenties; Prohibition and Repeal. Severn, Bill   YA 178 Sev

Sensational Trials of the Twentieth Century. Kraft, Betsy Harvey.   YA 345.07

Understanding The Great Gatsby. Wyly, Michael J.   YA 813.52 Fit

America and the Jazz Age: A History of the 1920s. Boardman, Fon W.   YA973.91 Boa

Living in 1920s America. Exploring Cultural History Series.  YA 973.91 Liv

Harlem Ren 1920s    ADULT FICTION TITLES

Saint Mazie: a novel. Attenberg, Jami.   FIC Att

The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Christie, Agatha.   MYS Chr

The Masterpiece: a novel. Davis, Fiona.   FIC Dav

The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald, F. Scott.   FIC Fit

A Passage to India. Forster, E. M.   FIC For

Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Fowler, Therese.   FIC Fow

The Maltese Falcon. Hammett, Dashiell.   MYS Ham

Babbitt. Lewis, Sinclair.  FIC Lew

The Painted Veil. Maugham, W. Somerset.  FIC Mau

The Paris Wife: a novel. McLain, Paula.   FIC Mcla

The Chaperone. Moriarty, Laura.   FIC Mor

The Jazz Palace: a novel. Morris, Mary.   FIC Mor

Unnatural Death. Sayers, Dorothy L.   MYS Say

The Light Between Oceans: a novel. Stedman, M. L.   FIC Ste

Radio Girls. Stratford, Sarah Jane.   FIC Str

A False Mirror. Todd, Charles.   MYS Tod

A Gentleman in Moscow. Towles, Amor.  FIC Tow

A Certain Age. Williams, Beatriz.   FIC Wil

Mrs. Dalloway. Woolf, Virginia.   FIC Woo

The Joyce Girl: A Novel of Jazz Age Paris. Abbs, Annabel.  NEW FIC Abb

In a Field of Blue. Liviero, Gemma.   NEW FIC Liv


The Scopes "Monkey" Trial. Johnson, Anne.   345.0288 Joh

The Ghosts of Eden Park: the Bootleg King, the Woman who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America. Abbott, Karen.  345.771 Abb

Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Okrent, Daniel.   363.41 Okr 

The Valentino Affair: the Jazz-Age Murder Scandal that Shocked New York Society and Gripped the World. Evans, Colin.  364.1523 Eva

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago.  Perry, Douglas.   364.1523 Per

The Flight of the Century: Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of American Aviation. Kessner, Thomas.   629.13 Kes

The Jazz Age: Popular Music in the 1920s. Shaw, Arnold.   781.65 Sha

Flappers: Siz Women of a Dangerous Generation. Mackrell, Judith.   920.72 Mac

Bright Young People: the Lost Generation of London's Jazz Age. Taylor, D. J.   942.082 Tay

One Summer: America, 1927. Bryson, Bill.  973.91 Bry

Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940: How Americans Lived through the "Roaring Twenties" and the Great Depression. Kyvig, David E. 973.91 Kyv

Anything Goes: a Biography of the Roaring Twenties. Moore, Lucy.   973.91 Moo

Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. Miller, Donald L.  974.71043 Mil

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Grann, David. 976.6004 Gra





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