Suggested One Read: Americanah

All month Daniel Boone Regional Library is taking your nominations for One Read 2018 and highlighting some of the suggestions we’ve received so far.

Americanah book coverOne local reader has nominated “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is a contemporary novel about a young couple who dream of leaving Nigeria for America. The nominator writes: “This novel is smart, funny and relevant. It is an opportunity for most of us to see our culture through the eyes of someone new to our country. It explores the issues of race, gender and class with straight forward language and often laugh out loud humor.”

Have a suggestion of your own? Let us know what you think our community should read in 2018 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 2018.

Suggested One Read: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

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During the month of November we are taking your nominations for One Read 2018 and highlighting some of those nominations here at oneread.org. One local reader recommends “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Sherman Alexie. This memoir reflects on Alexie’s complex relationship with this family and his disadvantaged youth growing up on a Native American reservation.

Our nominiator writes: “This book is Sherman Alexie’s memoir about his mother and his childhood. It is part prose, part poetry and completely riveting. He grew up on a reservation and his relationship with all of his family, but especially his mother, was very complicated. There are so many themes to follow in this book including alcoholism, abuse, Native American race relations, poverty, violence and the burden of success. Although this is a personal memoir, it expands out to so much more — to society as a whole.”

What one book do you think our community should read together in 2018? Nominate a title by November 30.

Suggested One Read: Lincoln in the Bardo

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We are currently taking your suggestions for our 2018 One Read title, and we’ll be highlighting some of these books here at oneread.org so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. All of these titles will be considered by our reading panel as they begin narrowing the list of suggestions.

The first suggestion we’re highlighting is Man Booker Prize winner “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders. The nominator does a wonderful job describing the book: “[‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is] a beautiful examination of the place between this life and the next; this novel based on Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie’s death allows readers to identify with the great President’s grief as well as with the dead themselves, all with compassion and humor. A marvelous read.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2018 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile or online at oneread.org by November 30.

Thank You For Taking Part in One Read 2017!

A huge thank you to everyone who read or listened to “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy 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 the financial decline of 2008 to the music of Detroit. We learned how our past haunts us, and maybe haunts our family as well. We listened to author Angela Flournoy talk about her experiences that inspired her to write “The Turner House” and had the opportunity to chat with her. 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.

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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.

Flash Fiction Contest Winners

As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “The Turner House,” and tell a story about a haunting in 250 words or less. It could have been about a haunting by a ghost, the haunting consequences of a past decision or some other type of haunting entirely.

We received many entries about ghosts and ghouls, but a few were a different haunting all together. All of the writers shared their stories in less than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of hauntings!

Our two winners are Denise Felt and Leah Allen. Honorable mention goes to Wyatt Wilkerson.

We are excited to share with you the winning stories.

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