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.

 

Suggested One Read: Hillbilly Elegy

Book cover: Hillbilly ElegyThe Daniel Boone Regional Library is accepting nominations for the 2017 One Read book through November 30. Several local readers suggest that the community would benefit from discussing “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance.

One nominator thoughtfully writes, “‘Hillbilly Elegy‘ helped me to better understand a struggling middle class that spends most of their time and resources to eke out a living [so] that they seldom have time to be an advocate for their own best interests and family well-being. I believe this selection would help the reader to understand where we are now politically and socially. A perfect book to stimulate conversations between diverse individuals, help gain a better understanding of each other and ‘ourselves’ (who we are as a community) to help build bridges for a better community and country.”

Have a suggestion of your own? 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 here at oneread.org.

See other readers’ nominations for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: The Warmth of Other Suns

Book cover for This Changes Everything by Naomi KleinAll 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 “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. Our nominator writes, “This is one of the most eye-opening, memorable, interesting books I have ever read — I highly recommend it. Reading about the Great Migration through the lives of these three people provokes much thought and discussion about current race relations in the U.S. ”

Have a suggestion of your own? Now through November 30 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: Our Kids

In January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of more than 100 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.

This year’s list of nominations contains a significantly greater number of nonfiction titles than in past years. Perhaps it is the political climate, with a presidential election looming. And the issues of racism, social justice and gun violence have dominated local news and discussion in the community. Economic disparity and education is another topic front-of-mind for mid-Missourians, and we received more than one nomination for “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert Putnam.

One nominator writes, “Growing socioeconomic inequality is the biggest problem facing our schools, our city and our country today. Putnam’s new book is engaging and compelling and hopefully will call us to action.”

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