Suggested One Read: The Underground Railroad

Book cover for the Underground RailroadToday is the final day the Daniel Boone Regional Library will be accepting nominations for the 2017 One Read book! 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.

We received more than one nomination for “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead, which won this year’s National Book Award for fiction. One nominator quotes the book’s publisher in describing the book as “a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The author creates a scenario in which the underground railroad was a physical thing.” Another nominator calls it “a moving, tense, thought-provoking and important book.”

What one book tells a story you think the whole community should know and discuss? Today is your final chance to let us know!

Suggested One Read: Jam on the Vine

Book cover for Jam on the VineAll month Daniel Boone Regional Library is taking your nominations for One Read 2017 and highlighting some of the suggestions we’ve received so far.

An area reader nominated “Jam on the Vine” by LaShonda Barnett. This novel follows the story of Ivoe Williams, an African American woman journalist, through the start of the twentieth century. Our nominator writes: “It’s a historical fiction about what it’s like to be a queer black woman struggling to be a journalist during Jim Crow and starting her own newspaper to address issues of racism, much like Ida B. Wells. An ode to activism that is important for our time. [This novel would be] good for starting conversations on the history of racism locally, given that part of it takes place in Kansas City. It’s always important to have strong female characters to encourage young folks who identify as girls that they can achieve their goals and dreams despite and in spite of all the roadblocks.”

Have a suggestion of your own? You still have a few days to let us know what you think our community should read in 2017 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at oneread.org.

Suggested One Read: Hillbilly Elegy

Book cover: Hillbilly ElegyThe Daniel Boone Regional Library is accepting nominations for the 2017 One Read book through November 30. Several local readers suggest that the community would benefit from discussing “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance.

One nominator thoughtfully writes, “‘Hillbilly Elegy‘ helped me to better understand a struggling middle class that spends most of their time and resources to eke out a living [so] that they seldom have time to be an advocate for their own best interests and family well-being. I believe this selection would help the reader to understand where we are now politically and socially. A perfect book to stimulate conversations between diverse individuals, help gain a better understanding of each other and ‘ourselves’ (who we are as a community) to help build bridges for a better community and country.”

Have a suggestion of your own? Let us know what you think our community should read in 2017 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online here at oneread.org.

See other readers’ nominations for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: The Language of Flowers

Book cover for The Language of FlowersDuring the month of November we are taking your nominations for One Read 2017 and highlighting some of those nominations here at oneread.org. One local reader recommends “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. In this novel, Victoria Jones, lacking family or friends, becomes homeless on her 18th birthday. She steals food and sleeps in San Francisco’s McKinley Square, where she covertly plants and tends a small garden, using knowledge learned from one of her previous foster parents. Her gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.

Our nominator writes: “It’s a novel that deals with difficult but important topics in an affirming way. What happens to young adults when they age out of foster care? This has been a topic of discussion locally the last couple of years. The book delves into the nature of forgiveness, responsibility and what makes a family. The descriptions of and information about flowers woven throughout could lead to some great programs and discussions.”

What one book do you think our community should read together in 2017? Nominate a title by November 30.

Suggested One Read: The Warmth of Other Suns

Book cover for This Changes Everything by Naomi KleinAll month Daniel Boone Regional Library is taking your nominations for One Read 2017 and highlighting some of the suggestions we’ve received so far.

An area reader nominated “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. Our nominator writes, “This is one of the most eye-opening, memorable, interesting books I have ever read — I highly recommend it. Reading about the Great Migration through the lives of these three people provokes much thought and discussion about current race relations in the U.S. ”

Have a suggestion of your own? Now through November 30 let us know what you think our community should read in 2017 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at oneread.org.