Suggested One Read: Stoner

Stoner book coverBetween now and November 30, the entire community gets to suggest titles for next year’s One Read. In January, the One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list but for the next couple of months we will be highlighting some of the suggested titles so that you can see what others in the community are considering.

“Stoner” by John Edwards Williams is an often overlooked classic. It’s about a Missouri farm boy who went to the state university to study agronomy in order to help the family, but once he experiences the world of literature he changes his focus and eventually becomes a professor. The nominator of this book said that because the “story takes place in the library district” and is “about a man who values art (esp literature)” it “would endear the title to the OR participants.”

Do you have a book that you would like to nominate? Suggest a title!

Suggested One Read: From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity book coverWe are currently taking your suggestions for our 2020 One Read title, and we’ll be highlighting some of these books here at 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 down the list of suggestions.

The first One Read suggestion we’re highlighting is “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death” by Caitlin Doughty. This book describes death customs and rituals from around the world, exploring how they compare to the impersonal American system and how mourners respond best when they participate in caring for the deceased. The person who nominated this book stated “it sparks the end-of-life discussion, which is a discussion people sometimes never have with their loved ones.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2020 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at by November 30.

Flash Fiction Contest Winners

As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “Nomadland,” and tell a tale of transition. The story could be about anything and anyone, but it should evoke the notion of transition, change or a journey, be it literal or personal.

All of the writers shared their stories in less than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of transition.

Our two winners are Audrey Mueller and Stacie Strong. Honorable mentions go to Allen Fennewald and Kate Robbins.

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

KFRU’s David Lile Interviews One Read Author Jessica Bruder

KFRU’s David Lile interviewed this year’s One Read author Jessica Bruder about her book “Nomadland: Surviving American in the Twenty-first Century.” Listen below to hear Bruder talk about her book, including her hopes for “Nomadland” leading to readers who look for the stories of people who live the nomadic lifestyle, the feelings she felt when it was time to walk away from her immersive life on the road, as well as information about the upcoming film adaptation of “Nomadland.” She also talks about her new writing projects.


One Read Author’s Talk: Jessica Bruder

Tuesday, September 24 › 7-8 p.m.

Columbia, Launer Auditorium, Columbia College, 1001 Rogers. St.

Hear One Read author Jessica Bruder talk about her bestselling book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century‎” and discuss her research and writing process. After her remarks, she’ll answer questions from the audience and sign copies of the book. This presentation will also be streamed live to the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton.

Registration: Not required.