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 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!

Suggested One Read: From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity book coverWe are currently taking your suggestions for our 2020 One Read title, and we’ll be highlighting some of these books here at so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. All of these titles will be considered by our reading panel as they begin narrowing down the list of suggestions.

The first One Read suggestion we’re highlighting is “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death” by Caitlin Doughty. This book describes death customs and rituals from around the world, exploring how they compare to the impersonal American system and how mourners respond best when they participate in caring for the deceased. The person who nominated this book stated “it sparks the end-of-life discussion, which is a discussion people sometimes never have with their loved ones.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2020 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at by November 30.