Suggested One Read: The Book of Joan

The Book of Joan book cover

While science fiction books may not be everyone’s first thought for a One Read book, they can offer a new way of looking at our own world. “The Book of Joan” by Lidia Yuknavitch takes place in the near future, where the world has become a battleground. It’s a dystopian re-imagining of Joan of Arc. The nominator writes that this novel is “serious and well written — it would make for interesting discussions on an important topic.”

Read about some of the other titles nominated for One Read 2018.

Suggested One Read: Small Great Things

We have just a few more nominated titles to share with you before the year ends. In the meantime, we are highlighting just some of the suggested titles so you can see what others are enjoying.

Great Small Things book coverIn Jodi Picoult’s “Small Great Things,” an black labor and delivery nurse, Ruth, is forbidden to assist with a newborn born to white supremacist parents, but when the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth is the only one around. Because she hesitates before performing CPR, she’s charged with a serious crime. Our nominator says the book is “well-written, engaging, eye-opening (at least it was for me) and hopeful.”



Suggested One Read: Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers book coverWe had around 145 titles nominated for One Read 2018! Next month our reading panel will have the tough task of narrowing down the list to a small fraction of that. Be sure to check out the titles we’ve highlighted so far.

Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue was the winner of several literary awards. It’s a novel about family, home and the American Dream. Here’s what the nominator shared: “Immigrants try to pursue the American dream by working for a Lehman Brothers executive. The wealthy executive and his wife and the immigrant couple provide interesting comparisons to analyze. This book also looks at the relationships between husbands and wives, and how traditional roles may change when an immigrant couple moves to U.S.”

Suggested One Read: Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy book cover

In January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of 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.

Fiction, nonfiction, memoir and everything in between. All kinds of books get nominated for One Read, and “Furiously Happy” is one that is quite unique, if the cover is any indication. I’ll let our nominator explain: “Jenny Lawson looks at mental illness from a very personal perspective with such humor and compassion. She does an incredible job of destigmatizing and humanizing an issue that seems to be ever present in every community, no matter what race, age, gender or economic status.”

Suggested One Read: Mudbound

Though the nomination period has ended, throughout the month of December we are continuing to highlight a few of the many books nominated for One Read 2018.Mudbound book cover

Mudbound” By Hillary Jordan has recently been adapted into a movie, and so it’s no surprise to see it has been nominated this year. The nominator writes that “Mudbound” is “a beautifully layered story that explores the relationship between two families, one white and one black in post-WWII Mississippi. The story captures (not surprisingly) the racism of the day, but also looks at how the war lead to changing world views that helped usher in changes to the racial divide in the country. The story is ultimately a fascinating portrait of friendship, family relationships and betrayal as experienced by the novel’s various characters. It was also a compelling read that was hard to put down.”

See other readers’ nominations for One Read 2018.