2019 One Read Winner: About “Nomadland” by Jessica Bruder

About the Book

Nomadland paperback coverNomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” is a compelling work of immersive journalism. 

Author Jessica Bruder describes the lives of nomadic workers who travel from one temporary job to another to make ends meet. Working long hours at beet harvests and walking miles in Amazon warehouses, these mostly older Americans live in their RVs, cars or vans and represent an increasing population of migrant workers living just this side of homelessness. Bruder provides both a critique of our current economy and a celebration of human resourcefulness and resilience.
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2019 List of Suggested Titles

Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.

Final 10 Selections

Do Not Sell at Any Price
Amanda Petrusich

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of An American Life
Lauren Markham

The House of Broken Angels
Luis Alberto Urrea

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century” (Winner)
Jessica Bruder

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
Tim Marshall

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
Janet Mock

Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes And Other Lessons From the Crematory
Caitlin Doughty

Sourdough, or Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market” (Runner-up)
Robin Sloan

Warlight
Michael Ondaatje

Other Suggested Titles

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Thank Your for Taking Part in One Read 2018!

A huge thank you to everyone who read or listened to “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann and participated in any of the excellent One Read events this year. In the month of September, we explored a wide variety of topics that ranged from Native American history and culture to historical and modern crime scene investigation techniques. We learned about a dark time in our country’s history, and how that history still affects people today. We listened to author David Grann talk about his experiences in the prairies of Oklahoma that inspired him to write “Killers of the Flower Moon” and had the opportunity to chat with him. As a community, we investigated the topics and themes of this novel through discussions, arts, films and lectures. We want to express our appreciation to all of you who attended these events, read the book and shared it with your friends, family, coworkers and book clubs.

Thank you for being a part of this year’s One Read!

Do you have an idea for what book our community should read next? Visit this site or any library branch in November to suggest a book for next year.

Beneath the Surface: Art Exhibit Winners

For this year’s One Read art exhibit, we asked artists from Mid-Missouri to submit works that that explore what lies beneath the surface — of land, of water, the mask of a loved-one’s face or a well-worn story. To expose something hidden. Thank you to all the artists who participated!

At the awards reception on September 7, the following winners were announced. Congratulations to all!

First Place: 

“Anhedonia” (charcoal) by Amberlin Jeanne

1st place: charcoal drawing

 

 

 

 

 

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