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2015 One READ Winner: About “Station Eleven” and Emily St. John Mandel

May 21, 2015
About the Book

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Station Eleven” is a literary, post-apocalyptic page turner.

Twenty years after a deadly flu outbreak kills most of the world’s population, what survives? What matters? This haunting novel begins with the on-stage death of famous actor Arthur Leander during his performance of King Lear, which coincides with the beginning of the pandemic. The narrative moves back and forth between Leander’s younger life and 20 years after his death, weaving the stories of a handful of people connected to him – some closely, like his ex-wife, and some by the smallest thread, like the EMT who attempted to save his life or the child actress with whom Leander briefly shared a stage. A lyrically written examination of the importance of art and what it means to be human.

The book’s UK publisher describes “Station Eleven” as “thrilling, unique and deeply moving … a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything — even the end of the world.”

About the Author

 Dese'Rae L. StageEmily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York.

She is the author of four novels, including “Last Night in Montreal,” “The Singer’s Gun” and “The Lola Quartet.” “Station Eleven” is her most recent novel and was a finalist for a National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. She is a staff writer for online magazine The Millions and lives in New York City with her husband.

Biographical info from emilymandel.com and the Books & Authors Database.

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2015 List of Suggested Titles

May 21, 2015

Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.

 

Final 10 Selections

Other Suggested Titles
  • 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
    Jonas Jonasson
  • 2 a.m. at The Cat’s Pajamas
    Marie-Helene Bertino
  • Allegiant
    Veronica Roth
  • Berlin: Portrait of a City
    Rory MacLean
  • Blind Assassin
    Margaret Atwood
  • Blood Feud: The Clintons Vs. the Obamas
    Edward Klein
  • The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
    Dan Buettner
  • Boy, Snow, Bird
    Helen Oyeyemi
  • Bumi Cinta
    Habiburrahman El Shirazy
  • Cartier Cartel
    Nisa Santiago
  • The Center of Everything
    Laura Moriarty
  • The Chaperone
    Laura Moriarty
  • Cherub
    Robert  Muchamore
  • City of Bones
    Cassandra Clare
  • City of Thieves
    David Benioff
  • City of Women
    David R. Gillham
  • The Coldest Winter Ever
    Sister Souljah
  • Defiance
    Lili St. Crow
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
    Candice Millard
  • Edge of Eternity
    Ken Follett
  • Entwined With You
    Sylvia Day
  • Everything I Never Told You
    Celeste Ng
  • Fablehaven
    Brandon Mull
  • Factory Man
    Beth Macy
  • Fever (Breathless 2)
    Maya Banks
  • The Fever
    Megan Abbott
  • Fifty Shades Darker
    E.L. James
  • Fifty Shades Freed
    E.L. James
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    E.L. James
  • Flight Behavior
    Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Floating City
    Pamela Ball
  • Flowers For Algernon
    Daniel Keyes
  • Giving In
    Maya Banks
  • Goldfinch
    Donna Tartt
  • Heaven Is For Real
    Todd Burpo
  • The Help
    Kathryn Stockett
  • Hobbit, or There and Back Again
    J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Homesman
    Glendon Swarthout
  • I am Malala
    Malala Yousafzai
  • I, Robot
    Isaac Asimov
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Rebecca Skloot
  • In the Eye of the Storm
    Max Lucado
  • In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
    Neil White
  • The Invention of Wings
    Sue Monk Kidd
  • It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
    Danah Boyd
  • Lawrence in Arabia
    Scott Anderson
  • The Lightning Thief
    Rick Riordan
  • Lila
    Marilynne Robinson
  • The Long Way Home
    Louise Penny
  • Looking For Alaska
    John Green
  • Lucky Bunny
    Jill Dawson
  • The Maid’s Version
    Daniel Woodrell
  • Making Rounds with Oscar
    David Dosa
  • A Man Called Ove
    Fredrik Backman
  • The Martian
    Andy Weir
  • The Master and Margarita
    Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Me Before You
    JoJo Moyes
  • The Men We Reaped
    Jesmyn Ward
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
    Carol Dweck
  • Mistaken Identity
    Lisa Scottoline
  • Naughts and Crosses
    Malorie Blackman
  • Norwegian Wood
    Haruki Murakami
  • On Such a Full Sea
    Chang-Rae Lee
  • One More Chance
    Abbi Glines
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in A Women’s Prison : A Memoir
    Kerman Piper
  • Orphan Train
    Christina Kline
  • The Orphanmaster
    Jean Zimmerman
  • The Puppy Place
    Ellen Miles
  • The Quality of Life Report
    Meghan Daum
  • Ranger’s Apprentice: The Lost Stories
    John Flanagan
  • The Reading Lessons
    Carole Lanham
  • Red River
    Lalita Tademy
  • Robopocalypse
    Daniel H. Wilson
  • Rules of Civility
    Amor Towles
  • Savvy
    Ingrid Law
  • Shadowfever
    Karen Marie Moning
  • Shifting Gears
    Sarah Kohnle
  • The Sixth Extinction
    Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing
    Mira Jacob
  • Someone
    Alice McDermott
  • Still Alice
    Lisa Genova
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
    Gabrielle Zevin
  • Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin…
    Lisa Bloom
  • The Sweet Sixteen
    Kinda Kay
  • A Tale for the Time Being
    Ruth Ozeki
  • Tale of Emily Windsnap
    Liz Kessler
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home
    Carol Rifka Brunt
  • This is the Water
    Yannick Murphy
  • Three Cups of Tea
    Greg Mortenson
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Harper Lee
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
    Joshua Ferris
  • Travels with Charley
    John Steinbeck
  • Twilight
    Stephenie Meyer
  • Unbroken
    Laura Hillenbrand
  • Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road From Debt to Freedom
    Ken Ilgunas
  • Warmth of Other Suns, The: The Epic Story…Migration
    Isabelle Wilkerson
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
    Karen Joy Fowler
  • We were Liars
    E. Lockhart
  • The Weight of Blood
    Laura McHugh
  • When Day Breaks
    Maya Banks
  • Where She Went
    Gayle Forman
  • Wicked Burn
    Kery Beth
  • Wicked Lovely
    Melissa Marr
  • The Wonder of All Things
    Jason Mott
  • The Word Changers
    Ashlee Willis

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Thank You for Your Votes! One Read Winner Announced Mid-May

April 27, 2015

Thank You SignVoting for the 2015 One Read book is now closed. We appreciate all of you who cast your vote for either “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride or “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

On May 21 we will announce the winning book here at oneread.org.

In the meantime, read more about our finalists!

Photo credit: Avard Woolaver via photopin cc

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One Read Vote 2015

April 6, 2015
Vote for the Next One Read Book April 6-24

“The Good Lord Bird”
by James McBride

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Learn More About the 2015 One Read Finalists

April 6, 2015

The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 115 book suggestions for the 2015 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 24, cast your vote for either “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride or “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride“The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride

“Little Onion,” a 12-year-old slave actually named Henry, is mistaken for a girl and forced to flee the Kansas territory with abolitionist John Brown after an altercation with his master. The adventures that follow, told in Onion’s vibrant and singular voice, take us from Bloody Kansas to New York and Canada, where we meet the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, before returning to Virginia and the doomed raid on Harpers Ferry. Sometimes humorous and irreverent, at other times sad and thoughtful, this character-driven novel makes a well-known and tragic time in our nation’s history feel new.

Preview the first few pages of “The Good Lord Bird.”

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel

Twenty years after a deadly flu outbreak kills most of the world’s population, what survives? What matters? This haunting novel begins with the on-stage death of a famous actor during his performance of King Lear, which coincides with the beginning of the pandemic. The narrative moves back and forth between the actor’s younger life and 20 years after his death, weaving the stories of a handful of people connected to him – some closely, like his ex-wife, and some by the smallest thread, like the EMT who attempted to save his life. A lyrically written examination of the importance of art and what it means to be human.

Preview the first few pages of “Station Eleven.”

More information:

 

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Vote for the 2015 One Read Book

March 31, 2015

The One Read reading panel has narrowed this year’s nominated titles down to two finalists. What one book should our community read together this year? Vote starting Monday, April 6!

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