Suggested One Read: Just Mercy

Just Mercy book cover

Throughout the month we are continuing to highlight a few of the many books nominated for One Read 2017.

Like last year’s One Read selection, “Bettyville” by George Hodgman, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson is a memoir. Stevenson, a lawyer, is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and his book recounts his experiences as a young lawyer working with inmates on death row in Alabama.

Bryan Stevenson’s actions have been compared to those of Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, which was our One Read book back in 2003.

This book has a couple of nominations, and one nominator writes: “for anyone who longs for social justice — this is the book!! A well-crafted, true story of working with innocent death row inmates to restore them to freedom.”

Check out some of the other books nominated by readers for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: Mrs. Hemingway

Mrs. HemingwayWe continue to share some of the books nominated by local readers for One Read 2017.

Books that have ties to Missouri are often suggested for our community-wide reading program, but occasionally some are sneaky in that their relationship to our state is not immediately apparent. “Mrs. Hemingway” by Naomi Wood is one such novel.

The story of Ernest Hemingway is interesting, but perhaps not quite as interesting as his four wives. As the nominator explains, “the narrative is told in the voices of the four wives, and the settings include the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.” With one wife having been a St. Louis native, another wife a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a son having been born in Kansas City, Hemingway did seem to have an unusual number of Missouri connections.

Remember to take a look at some of the other titles nominated for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: Being Mortal

Being Mortal book coverIn January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of more than 140 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.

Controversial topics, such as end of life care, are explored in “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande. The author, a practicing surgeon, discusses the many triumphs of modern medicine and its impact on quality of life and how those triumphs should also apply to life’s end.

Here’s what one nominator has to say about the book: “This very readable book, written by a physician, deals with end of life decisions. He uses true stories and offers solutions to this very sensitive subject that puts the person nearing death in control. It offers a blueprint for anyone to use to make a loving plan for the last part of life. It is authoritative and would be a great book to discuss by just about anyone.”

Read about some of the other titles nominated for One Read 2017.

 

Suggested One Read: My Name Is Lucy Barton

"My Name Is Lucy Barton" book coverWe continue to highlight just some of the more than 140 books nominated for One Read 2017.

Elizabeth Strout’s books have regularly been nominated for One Read in the past, and this year is no exception. “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout’s newest novel, was only published earlier this year, but is already being touted as a book club favorite. In the novel, Lucy is recovering from what should have been a simple operation, but she is left with an unexplained illness. When her estranged mother suddenly appears at her bedside, Lucy is forced to deal with memories from her impoverished childhood.

Our nominator writes that the book is full of “good discussion topics like family dynamics, class and gender,” and adds that the author, Elizabeth Strout, “is an amazing speaker.”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: The Weird Sisters

Book cover: The Weird SistersWe often get nominations for One Read that are set in the Midwest. Eleanor Brown’s “The Weird Sisters,” set in a college town in Ohio, has echoes of Columbia or Fulton. The family dynamics may also feel familiar to many readers. In this novel, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters return home to help their hapless father care for their mother, recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Our nominator writes, “This author spoke at the inaugural Unbound Book Festival held in Columbia last spring. The book provides many topics for discussion — Shakespeare, birth order, Midwest living, sibling rivalry, self fulfillment and more.”

Read about some of the other titles mid-Missouri readers nominated for One Read 2017.