Suggested One Read: Mrs. Hemingway

Mrs. HemingwayWe continue to share some of the books nominated by local readers for One Read 2017.

Books that have ties to Missouri are often suggested for our community-wide reading program, but occasionally some are sneaky in that their relationship to our state is not immediately apparent. “Mrs. Hemingway” by Naomi Wood is one such novel.

The story of Ernest Hemingway is interesting, but perhaps not quite as interesting as his four wives. As the nominator explains, “the narrative is told in the voices of the four wives, and the settings include the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.” With one wife having been a St. Louis native, another wife a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a son having been born in Kansas City, Hemingway did seem to have an unusual number of Missouri connections.

Remember to take a look at some of the other titles nominated for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: The Underground Railroad

Book cover for the Underground RailroadToday 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!

Suggested One Read: Jam on the Vine

Book cover for Jam on the VineAll 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.

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!

Suggested One Read: All the Light We Cannot See

Book cover for All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrNominations for our 2016 One Read book are now closed, but we will be highlighting some of the more than 100 suggested titles throughout the month so you can check out what your fellow mid-Missourians are reading and recommending.

Next up is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this ambitious and beautiful novel weaves the stories of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths finally collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

This work of fiction received more than one nomination. One reader says, “This historical novel humanizes the experience of those who lived through WWII in Europe and speaks to the power of technology and the strength of the human spirit.” Another nominator writes, “[The book] is luminously written. And it is about the goodness that is in us at times when all around us there is hate and pain.”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2016.