We often get nominations for One Read that are set in the Midwest. Eleanor Brown’s “The Weird Sisters,” set in a college town in Ohio, has echoes of Columbia or Fulton. The family dynamics may also feel familiar to many readers. In this novel, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters return home to help their hapless father care for their mother, recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Our nominator writes, “This author spoke at the inaugural Unbound Book Festival held in Columbia last spring. The book provides many topics for discussion — Shakespeare, birth order, Midwest living, sibling rivalry, self fulfillment and more.”
Read about some of the other titles mid-Missouri readers nominated for One Read 2017.
Nominations for our 2017 One Read book are now closed, but we will be highlighting some of the more than 130 suggested titles throughout the month so you can check out what your fellow mid-Missourians are reading and recommending.
Next up is “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy. National Book Award Finalist in 2015, this novel follows the members of the Turner family as they gather in Detroit to reckon with their pasts and decide the family home’s fate.
Our nominator calls this book “a micro-picture of the great migration, the economic decline of the auto industry and the growing up and leaving home of three generations. It lends itself to great discussion possibilities. Flournoy is a young, fresh, talented writer. “
See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2017.
Today is the final day the Daniel Boone Regional Library will be accepting nominations for the 2017 One Read book! Make your suggestion at any of our branches, on the bookmobile or online.
In January, a reading panel will consider all of the books nominated. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of your suggestions here at oneread.org.
We received more than one nomination for “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead, which won this year’s National Book Award for fiction. One nominator quotes the book’s publisher in describing the book as “a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The author creates a scenario in which the underground railroad was a physical thing.” Another nominator calls it “a moving, tense, thought-provoking and important book.”
What one book tells a story you think the whole community should know and discuss? Today is your final chance to let us know!
All 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 “Jam on the Vine” by LaShonda Barnett. This novel follows the story of Ivoe Williams, an African American woman journalist, through the start of the twentieth century. Our nominator writes: “It’s a historical fiction about what it’s like to be a queer black woman struggling to be a journalist during Jim Crow and starting her own newspaper to address issues of racism, much like Ida B. Wells. An ode to activism that is important for our time. [This novel would be] good for starting conversations on the history of racism locally, given that part of it takes place in Kansas City. It’s always important to have strong female characters to encourage young folks who identify as girls that they can achieve their goals and dreams despite and in spite of all the roadblocks.”
Have a suggestion of your own? You still have a few days to 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.
During 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.