About the Book
“Nomadland: 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.
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”
“The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of An American Life”
“The House of Broken Angels”
Luis Alberto Urrea
“Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century” (Winner)
“Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World”
“Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More”
“Sing, Unburied, Sing”
“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes And Other Lessons From the Crematory”
“Sourdough, or Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market” (Runner-up)
Other Suggested Titles
The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 160 book suggestions for the 2019 program to two top contenders. Between now and May 3, cast your vote for either “Nomadland” by Jessica Bruder or “Sourdough” by Robin Sloan. Read More
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.
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!
“Anhedonia” (charcoal) by Amberlin Jeanne