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One Read Vote 2016

April 11, 2016
Vote for the Next One Read Book April 11-29

“Bettyville”
by George Hodgman

“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”
by Jamie Ford Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

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Learn More About the 2016 One Read Finalists

April 11, 2016

The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 115 book suggestions for the 2016 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 29, cast your vote for either “Bettyville” by George Hodgman or “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.

Bettyville by George Hodgman“Bettyville” by George Hodgman

Hodgman, after working for years as an editor in New York City, returns to Paris, Missouri and finds that his hometown and his aging mother Betty are both in extreme decline. The two share a fierce love, but a deep silence, as Betty has never been able to understand or accept his homosexuality. Hodgman reflects on his recovery from addiction, losing loved ones to the AIDS epidemic and his struggles to care for the still feisty but failing Betty. Funny, honest and tenderhearted, this memoir illuminates how a person is shaped by a family and community that are at once loving and damaging, flawed and beautiful.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford

When the renovation of a historic Seattle hotel unearths artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II, it also sparks memories in old Henry Lee. This historical fiction follows Henry as he remembers the racial tensions of the 1940s and his forbidden friendship with a Japanese schoolmate. Jamie Ford’s moving debut novel examines the gulf between immigrant parents and their American-born children, the innocence of first love and the dangers of blind patriotism.

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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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