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One Read 2016 Finalists to Be Announced April 11

February 9, 2016

verified-checkbox-symbol_318-64495Election season will soon be upon us! No, not the presidential election, but your chance to choose between the two finalist titles for One Read 2016. Our reading panel is hard at work, making their way through this year’s nominated books to choose two to present to the public for a vote. Starting April 11, you will be able to vote here at oneread.org, at any library branch or on the bookmobile. So sharpen your pencils and charge your devices, and thank you for your support of your community-wide reading program!

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One Read at Osher

January 27, 2016

New to the One Read program or just want to learn more about how the books are chosen and programs planned? Join us at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Friday, February 5, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., to learn more.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides programming for Columbia area residents over 50. At this special free brown-bag seminar, librarian Lauren Williams will talk about this community-wide reading program. Learn about One Read‘s 15-year history, past book selections and how community members can get involved. Feel free to bring your lunch.

This talk will be held in Moss A, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 1907 Hillcrest Dr.

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Suggested One Read: Girl in Translation

December 29, 2015

Book cover for Girl in TranslationEach year a number of books that explore social issues are nominated for One Read. Jean Kwok’s “Girl in Translation” is one such novel.  Main character Kimberly Chang emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn and begins a secret double life as an exceptional schoolgirl during the day and sweatshop worker at night, an existence also marked by her first crush and the pressure to save her family from poverty.

Our nominator writes, “[This book] clearly demonstrates the misunderstandings possible (often inevitable) between cultures and classes. Wonderful!”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2016.

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Suggested One Read: Our Kids

December 22, 2015

In January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of more than 100 books nominated for our community-wide reading program. In the meantime, we are highlighting just some of these suggested titles so you can see what other local readers are enjoying.

This year’s list of nominations contains a significantly greater number of nonfiction titles than in past years. Perhaps it is the political climate, with a presidential election looming. And the issues of racism, social justice and gun violence have dominated local news and discussion in the community. Economic disparity and education is another topic front-of-mind for mid-Missourians, and we received more than one nomination for “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert Putnam.

One nominator writes, “Growing socioeconomic inequality is the biggest problem facing our schools, our city and our country today. Putnam’s new book is engaging and compelling and hopefully will call us to action.”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2016.

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Suggested One Read: Dead Wake

December 17, 2015

Book cover for Dead Wake by Erik LarsonAn area reader has nominated Erik Larson’s “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” for One Read 2016. Larson is the author of a number of successful works of narrative nonfiction, including “The Devil in the White City” and “In the Garden of Beasts.”

Our nominator writes, “Larson weaves several stories into one. There is the real-life adventure story of submarines hunting ships and ships avoiding being sunk. It is a human interest story, as we get to know several passengers and crew, many of whom lost their lives. It is a political story. Wilson tried to keep America out of WWI, and Churchill and others urged the U.S. to enter the conflict. It makes the reader think about the complexity of war and what – if any – rules so-called civilized societies should follow in modern warfare. And it a story of class distinctions between the super-wealthy, the working classes and those in-between. ”

Check out the other One Read nominations we’ve highlighted this month.

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Suggested One Read: Cutting for Stone

December 15, 2015

Book cover for Cutting for StoneWe continue to highlight just some of the more than 100 books nominated for One Read 2016.

Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese has been a favorite of book clubs since its publication in 2009. In the novel, twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Ethiopia come of age in a country on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

Our nominator writes that book is “an epic story. . . with politics, mystery, love, family, ethics and medicine – this Ethiopian-born doctor tells a story that is close to his heart, opening the reader’s eyes to third-world lives and medical practices and the heroes who work miracles.”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2016.

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Suggested One Read: Life on the Mississippi

December 10, 2015

Book cover for Life on the MississippiEvery year we get a handful of nominations of books widely considered classics: “1984” by George Orwell, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck or “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston, for example. This year is no different.

Mark Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi” combines history of the great river and the decline of the steamboat era with memoir-like tales of Twain’s life as a young man, before he became a writer. This book showcases Twain’s gift for descriptive prose, keen wit, talent for telling a tall tale and firm grasp of history, economics and politics. Our nominator says, “This sprawling collection of Twain’s memories from apprentice river boat pilot to his later river travels would be an appropriate One Read by perhaps our best known American author.”

Read about the other titles mid-Missouri readers nominated for One Read 2016.

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Suggested One Read: Between the World and Me

December 8, 2015

Book cover for Between the World and MeWhile nominations for the 2016 One Read program are now closed, we are highlighting just some of the titles area readers think the community should read together. Next up is a book that received several nominations: the National Book Award-winner, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Framed as an extended letter to his teen-aged son,  Coates describes in language both lyrical and powerful what it is like to inhabit a black body in this country. One nominator writes, “A thoughtful, well-written book/memoir about race in America by a writer for the Atlantic magazine. It could serve as a foundation for a community discussion on race relations – extremely topical, especially with current issues at MU and nationwide.”

Check out what others in your community are reading and enjoying!

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Suggested One Read: A Wilder Rose

December 3, 2015

Book cover for A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig AlbertWe continue our review of just some of the more than 100 books local readers nominated for next year’s One Read program. Next up is “A Wilder Rose” by Susan Wittig Albert. This novel fictionalizes the real-life story of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter’s role in the creation of the Little House books, shedding light on the lives of both of these writers.

The nominator of this book suggests that there would be “local interest since Rose Wilder Lane lived in Columbia for a time.”  Our nominator also quoted the book’s October 2013 write-up in Kirkus Reviews: “Albert has written a nuanced, moving and resonant novel about fraught mother-daughter relationships, family obligation and the ways we both inherit and reject the values of our parents. The book also offers insightful, timely commentary on what it means to be a career writer. With all of the charm of the Little House series – and the benefit of a sophisticated, adult worldview – Albert’s novel is an absolute pleasure.”

Want to know what others in the community are reading and enjoying? See other books nominated for One Read 2016.

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Suggested One Read: All the Light We Cannot See

December 1, 2015

Book cover for All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrNominations for our 2016 One Read book are now closed, but we will be highlighting some of the more than 100 suggested titles throughout the month so you can check out what your fellow mid-Missourians are reading and recommending.

Next up is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this ambitious and beautiful novel weaves the stories of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths finally collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

This work of fiction received more than one nomination. One reader says, “This historical novel humanizes the experience of those who lived through WWII in Europe and speaks to the power of technology and the strength of the human spirit.” Another nominator writes, “[The book] is luminously written. And it is about the goodness that is in us at times when all around us there is hate and pain.”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2016.

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Suggested One Read: Give Us the Ballot

November 29, 2015

Book cover for Give Us The Ballot by Ari BermanThe Daniel Boone Regional Library will be accepting nominations for the 2016 One Read book for just one more day! Make your suggestion at any of our branches, on the bookmobile or online.

In January, a reading panel will consider all of the books nominated. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of your suggestions here at oneread.org.

One recent nomination is “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” by Ari Berman. This book is a groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965, telling the story of what happened after passage of the Voting Rights Act. This act enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. Our nominator writes, “Our country and our community are obviously still struggling with race, representation, political power and the basic concept of democracy. I think it would be great to have a community-wide discussion on these topics.”

What one book tells a story you think the whole community should know and discuss? Make a nomination today!

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Suggested One Read: This Changes Everything

November 25, 2015

Book cover for This Changes Everything by Naomi KleinAll month Daniel Boone Regional Library is taking your nominations for One Read 2016 and highlighting some of the suggestions we’ve received so far.

An area reader nominated “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate” by Naomi Klein. In this work of nonfiction, Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Our nominator thinks this would make a great One Read because “climate change is changing every person’s life on this planet, yet a significant number of people have been brainwashed into thinking it is a hoax. This book talks about how we can use this crisis to make a positive change in the world.”

Have a suggestion of your own? You still have a few days to let us know what you think our community should read in 2016 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at oneread.org.

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Suggested One Read: Bettyville

November 24, 2015

Book cover for Bettyville by George HodgmanWe are currently taking your suggestions for our 2016 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. Let us know what you think our community should read in 2016 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile or online at oneread.org by November 30.

First up is “Bettyville” by George Hodgman. Our nominator writes, “[Bettyville] is universal and also local. This is the story of the relationship between a son and mother, the inner workings of a family, growing up gay, growing up in a small town, working as an editor in New York, love and commitment, coping with Alzheimer’s – there is something for everyone!”

What one book do you think our community should read together in 2016? Nominate a book today!

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Nominate a Book for One Read 2016

November 1, 2015
// What one book should our community read next? We would like your suggestions for next year's community-wide reading program. The One Read reading panel is looking for books that have a broad-based appeal to readers of different backgrounds and reading levels, that are available in paperback and other formats, and that address themes and issues that will encourage and sustain spirited discussion. (See the full list of general criteria here.) Nominate a title by November 30. Book Suggestion Title
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Why would this be a good choice for a community-wide read?

Thank you for your suggestion!

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