Thank You for Your Nominations!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2017 One Read book! Nominations are now closed, but we will continue highlighting some of the suggested titles here at oneread.dbrl.org throughout the month of December. In January, our reading panel will meet to discuss all of the nominations and begin the process of narrowing down the list of finalists for a public vote in April.

Read about the nominated books we’ve highlighted so far. Happy reading!

Suggested One Read: The Underground Railroad

Book cover for the Underground RailroadToday is the final day the Daniel Boone Regional Library will be accepting nominations for the 2017 One Read book! Make your suggestion at any of our branches, on the bookmobile or online.

In January, a reading panel will consider all of the books nominated. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of your suggestions here at oneread.org.

We received more than one nomination for “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead, which won this year’s National Book Award for fiction. One nominator quotes the book’s publisher in describing the book as “a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The author creates a scenario in which the underground railroad was a physical thing.” Another nominator calls it “a moving, tense, thought-provoking and important book.”

What one book tells a story you think the whole community should know and discuss? Today is your final chance to let us know!

Suggested One Read: Jam on the Vine

Book cover for Jam on the VineAll month Daniel Boone Regional Library is taking your nominations for One Read 2017 and highlighting some of the suggestions we’ve received so far.

An area reader nominated “Jam on the Vine” by LaShonda Barnett. This novel follows the story of Ivoe Williams, an African American woman journalist, through the start of the twentieth century. Our nominator writes: “It’s a historical fiction about what it’s like to be a queer black woman struggling to be a journalist during Jim Crow and starting her own newspaper to address issues of racism, much like Ida B. Wells. An ode to activism that is important for our time. [This novel would be] good for starting conversations on the history of racism locally, given that part of it takes place in Kansas City. It’s always important to have strong female characters to encourage young folks who identify as girls that they can achieve their goals and dreams despite and in spite of all the roadblocks.”

Have a suggestion of your own? You still have a few days to let us know what you think our community should read in 2017 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at oneread.org.

Suggested One Read: Hillbilly Elegy

Book cover: Hillbilly ElegyThe Daniel Boone Regional Library is accepting nominations for the 2017 One Read book through November 30. Several local readers suggest that the community would benefit from discussing “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance.

One nominator thoughtfully writes, “‘Hillbilly Elegy‘ helped me to better understand a struggling middle class that spends most of their time and resources to eke out a living [so] that they seldom have time to be an advocate for their own best interests and family well-being. I believe this selection would help the reader to understand where we are now politically and socially. A perfect book to stimulate conversations between diverse individuals, help gain a better understanding of each other and ‘ourselves’ (who we are as a community) to help build bridges for a better community and country.”

Have a suggestion of your own? Let us know what you think our community should read in 2017 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online here at oneread.org.

See other readers’ nominations for One Read 2017.

Mini Memoir Writing Contest

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Thank you to all who entered!

“On Betty’s Journey, I have learned something I had not known: I am very strong, strong enough to stay, strong enough to go when the time comes. I am staying not to cling on, but because sometime, at least once, everyone should see someone through. All the way home.” – George Hodgman, “Bettyville”

Great minds only need simple tools by Antti KyllonenIn this year’s One Read selection, George Hodgman tells the story of returning to Paris, Missouri after working for years in New York City and finding both his hometown and his mother in extreme decline. The book is full of stories from his childhood, woven among his present-day struggles and triumphs as his mother’s caregiver – memories, events and conversations that formed the man he now is.

Taking inspiration from “Bettyville,” we invite you to write a personal essay of 250 words or less – a mini memoir – that recalls a pivotal event or interaction that significantly shaped your personality, crystalized your worldview, or otherwise echoed through the years of your life. The memory you choose may be a monumental moment – like the birth of a child or loss of a loved one – or seemingly small, but it should be a moment that stands for something important and from which you learned something about yourself.

Starting September 1, entries may be submitted using this form, mailed or dropped off at any library or bookmobile. (See full rules below for details.) Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on this site and in the Columbia Missourian (online and in print). Winners will receive a $25 book store gift card.

Entry Form

Entries are due by September 26. Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Read on for complete contest rules.

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