Suggested One Read: A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove book coverA Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman has been wildly popular this year, and so it comes as no surprise that it was nominated by multiple readers for One Read 2017.

This heartwarming story follows an old curmudgeon of a man, named Ove. He is dreadfully lonely after the passing of his wife, and so he decides to commit suicide to join her — except the new neighbors, a young rambunctious family, have other plans. One nominator explains that the book is “really a look at what makes life worth living.”

This is the last nomination we’ll be highlighting this month, so be sure to see the rest of the titles that have been suggested for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: My Name Is Lucy Barton

"My Name Is Lucy Barton" book coverWe continue to highlight just some of the more than 140 books nominated for One Read 2017.

Elizabeth Strout’s books have regularly been nominated for One Read in the past, and this year is no exception. “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout’s newest novel, was only published earlier this year, but is already being touted as a book club favorite. In the novel, Lucy is recovering from what should have been a simple operation, but she is left with an unexplained illness. When her estranged mother suddenly appears at her bedside, Lucy is forced to deal with memories from her impoverished childhood.

Our nominator writes that the book is full of “good discussion topics like family dynamics, class and gender,” and adds that the author, Elizabeth Strout, “is an amazing speaker.”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: Station Eleven

Book cover for Station Eleven by Emily St. John MandelNominations for the 2015 One Read program are now closed, and we are highlighting just some of the titles area readers think the community should read together. Next up is “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

This novel opens with a famous Hollywood actor dying onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve as a fast-acting and deadly strain of the flu spreads around the world. Our nominator writes, “This is very different take on a well-worn narrative – post-apocalyptic fiction. The topic is timely (pandemic – echoes of Ebola), and the book is beautifully written. It’s about the importance of love and art, the social contract, and what matters when the world we know falls away.”

Check out what others in your community are reading and enjoying!

Suggested One Read: The Cat’s Table

Book cover for The Cat's Table by Michael OndaatjeWe received two nominations for “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje. One nominator shared her writing group’s fondness for this “beautiful and poetic” novel: “Universally, they loved the book, language and fascinating storyline.”

Ondaatje, author of the critically acclaimed “The English Patient,” tells the story of 11-year-old Colombo who boards a ship bound for England in the early 1950s. Looking back from adulthood, the narrator relates a tale about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a sea voyage. Another nominator wrote, “There is much to discuss in this book: coming-of-age, loss of innocence, childhood experiences and their effects on an adult’s identity. Plus, an ocean journey!”

See other readers’ nominations for One Read 2013.