Suggested One Read: The Book of Joan

The Book of Joan book cover

While science fiction books may not be everyone’s first thought for a One Read book, they can offer a new way of looking at our own world. “The Book of Joan” by Lidia Yuknavitch takes place in the near future, where the world has become a battleground. It’s a dystopian re-imagining of Joan of Arc. The nominator writes that this novel is “serious and well written — it would make for interesting discussions on an important topic.”

Read about some of the other titles nominated for One Read 2018.

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.”

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