Be a part of choosing the book for the 2014 One Read program. The two finalists will be announced on April 14, and you can cast your vote here at oneread.org or any library building through May 2. On May 20, we’ll announce the winner!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about just a handful of the more than 100 titles local readers have suggested for One Read 2014. The final book we will highlight here is Daniel Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” This book will appeal to sports fans and anyone else who loves emotionally-charged writing and rooting for the underdog.
“The Boys in the Boat” follows the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew, made of up working-class young men, as they pursue their dreams of winning Olympic gold. Our nominator calls this book, “a great story of perseverance against the backdrop of the Depression and the rise of Nazi Germany. [It has] great character development, a good story, and it’s well written.”
See what other area readers have read and loved this year, and thank you for being a part of One Read.
It feels strange to write “thrilling” and “cholera” in the same sentence, but “The Ghost Map” by science writer Steven Johnson is a thrilling historical account of a horrible cholera outbreak in Victorian London. The reader who nominated this title for One Read calls it a “fascinating” story about the early detection of communicable disease. At the center of this tale is Dr. John Snow who revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science and the modern world.
This work of nonfiction moves quickly, with the central characters working to solve this public health puzzle. The blending of history, science and medicine make this an engaging read.
See what other books your fellow readers have suggested for One Read 2014!
With her debut novel “The Coldest Winter Ever,” first published in 1999, hip-hop artist and activist Sister Souljah spawned the new genre of urban fiction. Gritty, realistic and often raw, these works typically feature African-American main characters in a contemporary setting and deal with relationships, violence and street life. In this groundbreaking book, Santiaga, the daughter of one of Brooklyn’s most powerful drug kingpins, uses her own weapons – including sex and an aggressive attitude – to stay on top after her father’s empire is threatened by a drug war.
Our nominator describes this novel as “one of the first works of African-American fiction incorporating love, real struggles, crime and morality.” This reader believes it would make a great community read because “it sends subliminal messages of worth while lighting the flame to seek knowledge through one girl’s story. I loved and hated the characters, yet I can see how all races can grow to understand how to educate and relate to the young, urban African-Americans in our communities through her novels, thus seeing [these young people] as an asset and not a liability.”
Read about other books nominated for One Read 2014.
An area reader has nominated Daphne Miller’s “Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing” for One Read 2014. Our nominator writes that this book “addresses concerns about sustainability and living with nature as opposed to trying to fight nature.”
Miller, a physician, offers an approach to sustainable health and healing based on the intimate link between farming and medicine, interweaving the wisdom of farmers committed to sustainable agriculture with the expertise of scientists and researchers. With the increased concern about where our food comes from and how its production affects the health of people and the planet, this is a timely read.
Check out the other One Read nominations we’ve highlighted this month.
Novelist Barbara Kingsolver is known for using literary fiction to deliver social messages, and her book “Flight Behavior,” nominated for One Read 2014, is no exception with its focus on global warming. Dellarobia Turnbow is a discontent Tennessee farm wife engaging in a flirtatious relationship with a younger man when she discovers what looks like an unusual fire in a forested valley behind her house. This curiosity turns out to be a mass of butterflies, their migration disrupted, which causes a stir in the scientific and local communities, garners a great deal of media attention and leads to Dellarobia confronting and questioning everything she thought she believed in.
An area reader thinks this book would make a great community read: “This book is more than one woman’s migration into self-sufficiency. It deals with ecological, environmental, religious and educational issues in a wryly humorous way.”
Want more book recommendations? See what your friends and neighbors are recommending for One Read.
In 2003, the community read Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” inspiring important discussions about race relations and social justice. This year, an area reader suggests another classic work be considered for One Read: “1984” by George Orwell.
In this dystopian novel, protagonist Winston Smith begins to question the totalitarian government, which watches and controls the actions of its citizens. Our nominator writes, “With revelations that government is tracking conversations, are we living in the Big Brother society predicted to happen 30 years ago? Also, this is the 65th anniversary of book’s publication.” A timely suggestion, indeed.
See other One Read 2014 nominations we’ve highlighted.
Like our last highlighted One Read recommendation, David Finkel’s “Thank You For Your Service,” “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain deals with soldiers returning from war. The books’ publisher describes this satirical novel as an exploration of “the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. The story follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive ‘Victory Tour’ at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters and cheerleaders.”
Our nominator calls this book, “comic, moving and very relevant right now.”
See what other titles area readers think our community would benefit from reading together and check out the nominated titles we’ve highlighted so far.
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“I think the story of returning veterans and their readjustment would be excellent for the community,” writes the nominator of “Thank You for Your Service” by David Finkel. Finkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with the Washington Post, provides a moving and sobering portrait of soldiers returning from Iraq. Dealing with PTSD, suicide, crumbling family relationships, and a myriad of physical and mental struggles, these veterans’ stories reveal that the tragic cost of war is not simply paid in lives lost on the battlefield.
Want more reading recommendations? See other books area readers have nominated for our community-wide reading program.
Works of historical fiction make great book club picks. Along with any themes the plot might offer up for discussion, the time period and historical context provide ample topics for examination. Our next One Read nomination is such a novel: “Telex From Cuba” by Rachel Kushner.
Our nominator writes, “Kushner’s first book is incredibly well-researched and brings to life mid-century Cuba in rich illuminating detail. Her depiction of the revolution and all of the people caught in its cross-hairs would inspire meaty discussions about so many -isms: imperialism, capitalism, racism, idealism. Yet this fact-packed novel is so compellingly told through the points of view of her indelible characters that you forget you’re getting a vivid history lesson until after you close the book. Moving without being sentimental and full of gorgeous prose and hard questions, this book would be an excellent One Read choice.”
We collected nominations for next year’s One Read book throughout November, and this month we are highlighting some of the titles your friends and neighbors suggested. We received one of our most heartfelt nominations for Camron Wright’s “The Rent Collector,” a novel set in Cambodia’s biggest municipal dump.
“This is the best book I have read all year!” begins our nominator. ”I have recommended this book to everyone I know. The setting: an enormous garbage dump in Cambodia. The people who actually live there and try to eke out a living from picking through the trash are real. The story itself is fictionalized. It is a gripping read that pulls you in to this unthinkable environment and makes you ponder many questions including hope, healing and redemption. As ‘the rent collector’ teaches Sang Ly to read, we are asked to give thought to what measures up enough to be called literature. I think that is an important topic to probe as well.”
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2014 One Read book! Nominations are now closed, but we will continue highlighting some of the suggested titles here throughout the month of December.
One area reader highly recommends Louise Erdrich’s “The Round House.” Our nominator states, “It’s a compelling story exploring issues that haven’t yet been discussed with previous One Read selections – Native American sovereignty law and history. It’s also a coming of age story and delves into family relationships and the nature of good and evil.” Written in the voice fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz, living on a reservation in North Dakota, this novel follows the teenager’s attempt to discover who brutally attacked his mother, a horrific event that plunges her into a deep depression and threatens to destroy his family.
See other readers’ nominations for One Read 2014.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2014 One Read book! Nominations are now closed, but we will continue highlighting some of the suggested titles here at oneread.dbrl.org throughout the month of December. In January, our reading panel will meet to discuss all of the nominations and begin the process of narrowing down the list of finalists for a public vote in April.
Read about the nominated books we’ve highlighted so far.
The Daniel Boone Regional Library is accepting nominations for the 2014 One Read book through November 30. A local reader suggests that the community would enjoy discussing “My Beloved World” by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Our nominator explains, “She grew up poor and overcame many difficulties in her life. I recently read the book and not only enjoyed it but also was so inspired by her life story that I want to share it with friends and family. It’s a wonderful book and an American story.”
It seems readers in Oregon would agree. The Multnomah County Public Library has selected “My Beloved World” for its 2014 reading program, Everybody Reads. They describe Sotomayor’s biography as “a story of love, self-discovery and human triumph. Despite having only television characters for professional role models when she was a child, Sotomayor resolved to become a lawyer. That dream took her from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice and appointment to the Federal District Court by the age of 40.”
Have a suggestion of your own? Let us know what you think our community should read in 2014 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile or online at oneread.org.
All month we have been receiving your suggestions for our 2014 One Read title, and we’ll be highlighting some of these books here at oneread.org so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. All of these titles will be considered by our reading panel as they begin narrowing the list of suggestions in January.
First up is “The Maid’s Version” by Missouri author Daniel Woodrell. Set in the fictional West Table, Missouri, this novel tells the story of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations. Our nominator writes, “Aside from being well written by a Missouri-based author, the novel really puts the reader in the ‘rural Midwest,’ with each short chapter provoking thoughts of class divisions, economy, historic railroad towns, immigration, the effects of poverty and much more, while still keeping me engaged in solving the mystery of a devastating small town accident. It is also a short read, which means more individuals can read it, tell their neighbors to read it and be ready for the fun-filled month of events!”
There are just a few days remaining to send us your suggestions! Let us know what you think our community should read in 2014 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at oneread.org by November 30.