The One Read reading panel will be sorting through the many titles that were suggested by our community for the 2020 One Read in a few short weeks. Meanwhile, we are continuing to highlight suggested titles so that you can see what others are reading.
Today’s suggested title is “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This love story begins in military-controlled Nigeria from where one of the protagonists is able to flee to the U.S. but, because of the restrictions put in place after 9/11, her lover is trapped and eventually finds himself an illegal immigrant in London. According to the nominator, “This contemporary novel is a bold, modern love story at heart but it encompasses manifold topics of interest including, migration, dislocation, individual and group identities, politics, stereotypes, race and racism both nationally (U.S.) and internationally.” The nominator goes on to say that this book “offers multiple opportunities for discussion of gender expectations and relations, generational differences, immigration, legacies of racism and how people of color experience racism in the U.S.”
Although polls are now closed for nominating a book for One Read 2020, we will continue sharing nominations throughout the month of December.
Our next nomination is “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming” by David Wallace-Wells. The nominator had this to say, “this book explores what the world will look like as climate change ramps up in the not-so-distant future. It’s kind of a scary read, but also offers a lot of ideas on how we might work to reduce the effects of climate change. In these increasingly divided times, it also offers us a chance to figure out how to band together to make these changes. Despite the fear it brings, the book does end on a note of hope for what humanity can accomplish when we work together.”
Check back here on Thursday for the next nomination!
We are highlighting more suggested titles through the rest of December while we are waiting for the One Read reading panel to work their magic. You can find the other titles suggested so far to see what other readers have nominated.
“The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” by Melinda Gates tells how she came to see in the connection between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. In Gates own words, “As women gain rights, families flourish, and so do societies. That connection is built on a simple truth: Whenever you include a group that’s been excluded, you benefit everyone. And when you’re working globally to include women and girls, who are half of every population, you’re working to benefit all members of every community. Gender equity lifts everyone.” The nominator of this book says that [t]his book will inspire you to look at every facet of your life and community and explore how to make it more equal.”
Though the nomination period has ended, throughout the month of December we are continuing to highlight a few of the many books nominated for One Read 2020.
The next book we will be looking at is “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and illustrated by Harmony Becker. This is a graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. The person who suggested this title stated, “I think this book would draw in a very diverse group of people. And, since history tends to repeat itself, now seems to be a particularly good time to revisit this part of our history.”
Stay tuned for more nominees throughout the month of December!
We are highlighting some of the titles that members of the community have suggested for next year’s One Read. The One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list in January to about 10 titles that will all be reviewed for adaptability and suitability for community-wide programming. You can learn more about the process here.
“The Wolf Wants In” by Laura McHugh is about small town life in mid-America caught in economic decline and in the grips of the opioid epidemic but with a nostalgia for what once was. This suspenseful mystery set in Kansas and is told from the point of view of two women whose stories masterfully intertwine. The nominator of this book pointed out that McHugh “is a local author and this would show support.”
Have you read a book that you think would be a great community read? There is still time to nominate a book for next year’s One Read. Nominations are open until November 30. You can nominate online or at the library.