Suggested One Read: The Moment of Lift

Moment of Lift Book cover

We 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.

“The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” by Melinda Gates tells how she came to see in the connection between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. In Gates own words, “As women gain rights, families flourish, and so do societies. That connection is built on a simple truth: Whenever you include a group that’s been excluded, you benefit everyone. And when you’re working globally to include women and girls, who are half of every population, you’re working to benefit all members of every community. Gender equity lifts everyone.” The nominator of this book says that [t]his book will inspire you to look at every facet of your life and community and explore how to make it more equal.”

Suggested One Read: They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy book coverThough 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 2020.

The next book we will be looking at is “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and illustrated by Harmony Becker. This is a graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. The person who suggested this title stated, “I think this book would draw in a very diverse group of people. And, since history tends to repeat itself, now seems to be a particularly good time to revisit this part of our history.”

Stay tuned for more nominees throughout the month of December!

Suggested One Read: The Wolf Wants In

The Wolf Wants In book coverWe are highlighting some of the titles that members of the community have suggested for next year’s One Read. The One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list in January to about 10 titles that will all be reviewed for adaptability and suitability for community-wide programming. You can learn more about the process here.

“The Wolf Wants In” by Laura McHugh is about small town life in mid-America caught in economic decline and in the grips of the opioid epidemic but with a nostalgia for what once was. This suspenseful mystery set in Kansas and is told from the point of view of two women whose stories masterfully intertwineThe nominator of this book pointed out that McHugh “is a local author and this would show support.” 

Have you read a book that you think would be a great community read? There is still time to nominate a book for next year’s One Read. Nominations are open until November 30. You can nominate online or at the library.

Suggested One Read: Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon book coverWelcome back to another book suggestion for next year’s One Read. We will continue to accept nominations until November 30 so don’t forget to go to oneread.org to suggest a book!

Today we’ll be looking at a classic book, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes. The story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. The nominator had this to say: “a classic, this book will make you think about things outside of your comfort zone.”

Check back on Thursday for another suggested book for next year’s One Read.

Suggested One Read: Stoner

Stoner book coverBetween now and November 30, the entire community gets to suggest titles for next year’s One Read. In January, the One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list but for the next couple of months we will be highlighting some of the suggested titles so that you can see what others in the community are considering.

“Stoner” by John Edwards Williams is an often overlooked classic. It’s about a Missouri farm boy who went to the state university to study agronomy in order to help the family, but once he experiences the world of literature he changes his focus and eventually becomes a professor. The nominator of this book said that because the “story takes place in the library district” and is “about a man who values art (esp literature)” it “would endear the title to the OR participants.”

Do you have a book that you would like to nominate? Suggest a title!