Saratoga Reads has announced that five books have been selected as finalists for the program’s book of choice for the coming year. All of the titles come from a list of works nominated by the public.
The winning title will be decided by public vote, with area residents having until May 15 to cast their ballots. The selected book will be announced in the fall.
Among the top five contenders are two novels, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. The other three books are narrative nonfiction—The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown; Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott; and Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo.
Voters are urged to read the descriptions of the books. Votes may be cast online here or at ballot boxes available at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, and Barnes & Noble in Wilton.