Suggested One Read: The Language of Flowers

Book cover for The Language of FlowersDuring the month of November we are taking your nominations for One Read 2017 and highlighting some of those nominations here at oneread.org. One local reader recommends “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. In this novel, Victoria Jones, lacking family or friends, becomes homeless on her 18th birthday. She steals food and sleeps in San Francisco’s McKinley Square, where she covertly plants and tends a small garden, using knowledge learned from one of her previous foster parents. Her gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.

Our nominator writes: “It’s a novel that deals with difficult but important topics in an affirming way. What happens to young adults when they age out of foster care? This has been a topic of discussion locally the last couple of years. The book delves into the nature of forgiveness, responsibility and what makes a family. The descriptions of and information about flowers woven throughout could lead to some great programs and discussions.”

What one book do you think our community should read together in 2017? Nominate a title by November 30.

Suggested One Read: The Warmth of Other Suns

Book cover for This Changes Everything by Naomi KleinAll 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 “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. Our nominator writes, “This is one of the most eye-opening, memorable, interesting books I have ever read — I highly recommend it. Reading about the Great Migration through the lives of these three people provokes much thought and discussion about current race relations in the U.S. ”

Have a suggestion of your own? Now through November 30 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: Homegoing

Book cover for Bettyville by George HodgmanWe are currently taking your suggestions for our 2017 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. 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 by November 30.

First up is the stunning “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. Our nominator writes, “[This book] gives a history to those forcibly brought to the U.S. during the transatlantic slave trade and the generations that followed, as well as those who immigrated to the U.S. later. Powerful read. Beautifully written. Important part of U.S. history for everyone to understand from a personal, emotional human perspective.”

What one book do you think our community should read together in 2017? Nominate a book today!

Mini Memoir Contest Winners

TypewriterAs part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “Bettyville,” and write your own mini memoir. The mini memoir could have centered around a big moment in your life, or even a small event from which you learned something profound about yourself.

We received entries about childhood and old age and everything in between. Some memoirs focused on cheerful moments, while others were more somber, but all of the entries were wonderful insights into the lives of our community. All of the writers shared their stories in less than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of inspiration, love, loss and more.

Our two winners are Mary Jo Fritz and Starlight Katsaros. Honorable mentions go to Barbara Carter and Marcie McGuire.

We are excited to share with you the winning stories. Read More

Thank You for Taking Part in One Read 2016!

A huge thank you to everyone who read or listened to “Bettyville” by George Hodgman 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 caring for an aging parent to the decline and revitalization of small-town America. We learned how rescuing strays can rescue us and about resources for training our furry friends. We listened to author George Hodgman talk about his experiences that led to “Bettyville” and had the opportunity to chat with him. As a community, we investigated the topics and themes of this memoir 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.