A DBRL reader nominates Michael Gruber’s “The Good Son” for the 2011 One Read title. This layered thriller is set in Pakistan where a band of jihadists kidnaps nine members of an international peace symposium. Sonia Laghari, a deeply religious Jungian psychologist, emerges as the hostages’ leader, while her son – a former soldier – plots a risky rescue. Our reader explains that this work “explores terrorism and spirituality and is a fascinating study of a multicultural family.”
We’ve begun receiving your suggestions for our 2011 One Read title! 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.
First up is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Author Rebecca Skloot profiles a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of the most important tools in medicine. The reader proposing this title says that it “will provide multiple subjects to discuss — cell research, medical ethics, religion, families and racism. It’s well-written, combining in depth scientific information with poignant details of a family’s struggle.”