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 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 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 oneread.org by November 30.

Suggested One Read: The Secret Life

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through some of the titles that have been suggested for One Read 2018. The reading panel will be meeting in a few short weeks to narrow down the list of over 140 titles that have been nominated. In the spring, the top two books will be announced, and you’ll get to vote for your One Read 2018 choice!

The Secret Life book coverThe last book we’re sharing with you is “The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age” by Andrew O’Hagan. The nominator of this title does a great job summarizing: “This book is a series of three literary essays on the question of how the internet creates and complicates contemporary identity. In one essay, O’Hagan agrees to ghostwrite Julian Assange’s autobiography (with surprising results), in another, he creates a fictional online profile in order to navigate the ‘Dark Web,’ and in another he tries to solve the mystery of who founded Bitcoin. The book is philosophical and literary, but is also likely to appeal to a broad demographic.”

Suggested One Read: Caesar’s Last Breath

Caesar's Last Breath book cover

In January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of books nominated for our community-wide reading program. In the meantime, we are highlighting just some of these suggested titles so you can see what other local readers are enjoying.

The One Read selection can be nonfiction, too! “Caesar’s Last Breath” is one chosen by a local reader; the nominator writes: “All of Sam Kean’s books are incredibly quirky and fact filled with fun but useful bits of scientific trivia. This one covers air — what it’s made of, why do we need it, how has it changed and how does it connect us all?”

Have a book you’d like to nominate? Suggest a title!

 

Suggested One Read: Sisters in Law

Sisters in Law book cover

We have just a couple more One Read 2017 nominations to share with you before the reading panel starts the difficult job of narrowing down the list.

Sisters in Law” by Linda Hirshman is a dual biography of “Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first two women to serve as U.S. Supreme Court Justices. The author is a lawyer who has presented cases to the Supreme Court. This nonfiction title tells the life stories of the two women who ‘went to the Supreme Court and changed the world,'” explains our nominator. Many of the issues these two women tackled in court could provide endless topics for discussion.

Read about some of the other titles nominated for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: Being Mortal

Being Mortal book coverIn January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of more than 140 books nominated for our community-wide reading program. In the meantime, we are highlighting just some of these suggested titles so you can see what other local readers are enjoying.

Controversial topics, such as end of life care, are explored in “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande. The author, a practicing surgeon, discusses the many triumphs of modern medicine and its impact on quality of life and how those triumphs should also apply to life’s end.

Here’s what one nominator has to say about the book: “This very readable book, written by a physician, deals with end of life decisions. He uses true stories and offers solutions to this very sensitive subject that puts the person nearing death in control. It offers a blueprint for anyone to use to make a loving plan for the last part of life. It is authoritative and would be a great book to discuss by just about anyone.”

Read about some of the other titles nominated for One Read 2017.