Suggested One Read: Sisters in Law

Sisters in Law book cover

We have just a couple more One Read 2017 nominations to share with you before the reading panel starts the difficult job of narrowing down the list.

Sisters in Law” by Linda Hirshman is a dual biography of “Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first two women to serve as U.S. Supreme Court Justices. The author is a lawyer who has presented cases to the Supreme Court. This nonfiction title tells the life stories of the two women who ‘went to the Supreme Court and changed the world,'” explains our nominator. Many of the issues these two women tackled in court could provide endless topics for discussion.

Read about some of the other titles nominated for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: Just Mercy

Just Mercy book cover

Throughout the month we are continuing to highlight a few of the many books nominated for One Read 2017.

Like last year’s One Read selection, “Bettyville” by George Hodgman, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson is a memoir. Stevenson, a lawyer, is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and his book recounts his experiences as a young lawyer working with inmates on death row in Alabama.

Bryan Stevenson’s actions have been compared to those of Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, which was our One Read book back in 2003.

This book has a couple of nominations, and one nominator writes: “for anyone who longs for social justice — this is the book!! A well-crafted, true story of working with innocent death row inmates to restore them to freedom.”

Check out some of the other books nominated by readers for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: My Name Is Lucy Barton

"My Name Is Lucy Barton" book coverWe continue to highlight just some of the more than 140 books nominated for One Read 2017.

Elizabeth Strout’s books have regularly been nominated for One Read in the past, and this year is no exception. “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout’s newest novel, was only published earlier this year, but is already being touted as a book club favorite. In the novel, Lucy is recovering from what should have been a simple operation, but she is left with an unexplained illness. When her estranged mother suddenly appears at her bedside, Lucy is forced to deal with memories from her impoverished childhood.

Our nominator writes that the book is full of “good discussion topics like family dynamics, class and gender,” and adds that the author, Elizabeth Strout, “is an amazing speaker.”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: The Weird Sisters

Book cover: The Weird SistersWe often get nominations for One Read that are set in the Midwest. Eleanor Brown’s “The Weird Sisters,” set in a college town in Ohio, has echoes of Columbia or Fulton. The family dynamics may also feel familiar to many readers. In this novel, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters return home to help their hapless father care for their mother, recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Our nominator writes, “This author spoke at the inaugural Unbound Book Festival held in Columbia last spring. The book provides many topics for discussion — Shakespeare, birth order, Midwest living, sibling rivalry, self fulfillment and more.”

Read about some of the other titles mid-Missouri readers nominated for One Read 2017.

 

Suggested One Read: The Turner House

Book cover for The Turner House by Angela FlournoyNominations for our 2017 One Read book are now closed, but we will be highlighting some of the more than 130 suggested titles throughout the month so you can check out what your fellow mid-Missourians are reading and recommending.

Next up is “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy. National Book Award Finalist in 2015, this novel follows the members of the Turner family as they gather in Detroit to reckon with their pasts and decide the family home’s fate.

Our nominator calls this book “a micro-picture of the great migration, the economic decline of the auto industry and the growing up and leaving home of three generations. It lends itself to great discussion possibilities. Flournoy is a young, fresh, talented writer. “

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2017.