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

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 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 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.

Suggested One Read: The Chaperone

Book cover for The Chaperone by Laura MoriartyWorks of fiction with real historical settings allow us to explore a past time and place in an intimate way. The nominator of “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty feels that the community would enjoy experiencing 1920s New York.

Our nominator writes, “[This is] a fictional story inspired by a real-life movie star Louise Brooks. This novel follows the life of the woman who chaperoned Brooks from Wichita, KS to New York City at the start of her film career. This book will appeal to the community because it is a fascinating story and written in a manner that pulls you in from the first page. The characters are truly drawn and easy to connect with; I did not want to put this book down when I was reading it. I think it will inspire lots of discussion – about the ’20s in the US, women’s role in the country during that time, old-time movies and much more.”

Read about other books nominated for One Read 2015.

Suggested One Read: Telex From Cuba

Book cover for Telex From Cuba by Rachel KushnerWorks of historical fiction make great book club picks. Along with any themes the plot might offer up for discussion, the time period and historical context provide ample topics for examination. Our next One Read nomination is such a novel: “Telex From Cuba” by Rachel Kushner.

Our nominator writes, “Kushner’s first book is incredibly well-researched and brings to life mid-century Cuba in rich illuminating detail. Her depiction of the revolution and all of the people caught in its cross-hairs would inspire meaty discussions about so many -isms: imperialism, capitalism, racism, idealism. Yet this fact-packed novel is so compellingly told through the points of view of her indelible characters that you forget you’re getting a vivid history lesson until after you close the book. Moving without being sentimental and full of gorgeous prose and hard questions, this book would be an excellent One Read choice.”

View all of the nominated titles we have highlighted here at so far, and find your next good read!