About the Book
“A Gentleman in Moscow” is a grand adventure that takes place within the walls of a single luxury hotel.
In 1922, a Bolshevik tribunal sentences Count Alexander Rostov to house arrest in the luxurious Hotel Metropol. For the next 30 years, the Count experiences his country’s upheaval and transformation from the confines of his attic room, the building’s grand public spaces and the behind-the-scenes domains of hotel employees-turned-friends. While Rostov cannot go out into the world, the world comes to him in the form of Nina, a bureaucrat’s precocious daughter; the film actress Anna Urbanova; American intelligence officer Richard Vanderwhile; and even political leaders like Nikita Khrushchev. This novel is a lightly drawn, episodic portrait of Russia’s 20th century political history, as well as a charming tale of one man’s dedication to family, memory and home. Read More
Voting for the 2020 One Read book is now closed. We appreciate everyone who cast a vote for either either “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles or “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore.
We will announce the winning book on May 19 here at oneread.org.
In the meantime, read more about the two finalists.
The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 160 book suggestions for the 2020 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 24, cast your vote for either “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles or “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore. Read More
As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “Nomadland,” and tell a tale of transition. The story could be about anything and anyone, but it should evoke the notion of transition, change or a journey, be it literal or personal.
All of the writers shared their stories in less than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of transition.
Our two winners are Audrey Mueller and Stacie Strong. Honorable mentions go to Allen Fennewald and Kate Robbins.
We are excited to share the winning stories with you! Read More
KFRU’s David Lile interviewed this year’s One Read author Jessica Bruder about her book “Nomadland: Surviving American in the Twenty-first Century.” Listen below to hear Bruder talk about her book, including her hopes for “Nomadland” leading to readers who look for the stories of people who live the nomadic lifestyle, the feelings she felt when it was time to walk away from her immersive life on the road, as well as information about the upcoming film adaptation of “Nomadland.” She also talks about her new writing projects.