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The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 120 book suggestions for the 2014 program to two top contenders. Between now and May 2, cast your vote for either “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain or “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel Brown.“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain
Embedded journalists capture and widely broadcast a heroic firefight between U.S. soldiers and a group of insurgents in Iraq. This satire follows the surviving members of the Bravo Squad during their final stop in a two-week, Army-organized series of PR stunts – participation in the half-time show at a Dallas Cowboys football game. By turns bleak and darkly comic, the story examines the huge divide between the realities of war in Iraq and the perceptions of that war in America.
- Author’s Bio
- Publisher’s Page
- New York Times Book Review
- Washington Post Review
- Author Interview With NPR’s All Things Considered
An uplifting and fast-paced Cinderella story, this nonfiction work describes the journey of nine working class young men from the University of Washington as they row their way out of obscurity and into the gold-medal race at the 1936 Olympic games in Hitler’s Berlin. The story of poor, twice-orphaned Joe Rantz anchors this cinematic tale of passion and perseverance set against the struggles of the Great Depression and a looming second World War.
- Author’s Website
- Publisher’s Page
- The Guardian Review
- USA Today Review
- Author Interview With Powell’s Books
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!
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.
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