Suggested One Read: Educated

Educated book coverThe One Read reading panel will be sorting through the many titles that were suggested by our community for the 2019 One Read in a few short weeks. Meanwhile, we are continuing to highlight suggested titles so that you can see what others are reading.

Today’s suggested title is “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover. Tara was raised in survivalist family in Idaho, and she never went to public school, but in order to escape her sometimes violent home, she began to teach herself enough to gain entrance into Brigham Young University, and eventually made it all the way to Harvard and Cambridge. One nominator said that they nominated it because it “explores themes of family, relationships, religion and, of course, education” and another nominator said that there’s “Lots to discuss!”

Suggested One Read: Burial Rites

Burial Rites book coverWe 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.

Set in Iceland in the 1800s, “Burial Rites,” by Hannah Kent follows a woman who is “sentenced” to be housed with a family for her role in a murder. Through the harsh winter, she becomes part of the family, and the community comes to see her as a person. Based on the amazing true story of the final beheading in Iceland, this story shows the culture and community — and how redemption and reconciliation can win over suspicion — a person’s history, the abuse, and the mistakes that are a result of being in the wrong place.

Suggested One Read: Daring to Drive

Daring to Drive book coverWe are highlighting more suggested titles through the rest of December while we are waiting for the One Read reading panel to work their magic. You can find the other titles suggested so far to see what other readers have nominated. 

Today’s suggested title is “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening” by Manal Sharif. This is Manal’s memoir about becoming an unintentional women’s rights leader in Saudi Arabia. She was born the year that fundamentalists took control of Mecca and was a religious radical in her teens. She managed to get a college education and then a job with a Saudi oil company but there was a problem — women were forbidden to drive. According to the nominator, this is “a wonderful memoir of a modern day hero struggling under a repressive regime. If there’s anything the world needs, it’s more everyday heroes.”

Suggested One Read: Ordinary Grace

Ordinary Grace book coverIn 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.

The next One Read nomination we’ll be looking at is “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. As one reader put, “this coming of age story follows a boy through a life-changing summer that shapes his life and his understanding of his family and neighbors. This would be a good choice for a community-wide read as it explores many topics: the haves vs. the have-nots in small town America, tension between whites and Native Americans, the power of music and death’s role in shaping the living.”

Stay tuned to more nominees throughout the month of December!

Suggested One Read: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes book coverThe nominations for the 2019 One Read have closed, and in January the Reading Panel will survey the more than 100 titles submitted by our community. They will narrow this list down to ten. You can learn more about their process here. Meanwhile, we are highlighting some of the suggested titles so that you can see what others in the community are reading.

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory” by Caitlin Doughty is a memoir of her experiences working in a mortuary and began with her popular Web series, Ask a Mortician. One nominator said, “I think it would create an opportunity for discussion and debate of our culture’s attitude towards death.” According to another nominator, this book is “really enjoyable and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. It’s not dark and it’s not depressing and it’s the kind of conversations we all need to be having.”