Like our last highlighted One Read recommendation, David Finkel’s “Thank You For Your Service,” “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain deals with soldiers returning from war. The books’ publisher describes this satirical novel as an exploration of “the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. The story follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive ‘Victory Tour’ at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters and cheerleaders.”
Our nominator calls this book, “comic, moving and very relevant right now.”
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“I think the story of returning veterans and their readjustment would be excellent for the community,” writes the nominator of “Thank You for Your Service” by David Finkel. Finkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with the Washington Post, provides a moving and sobering portrait of soldiers returning from Iraq. Dealing with PTSD, suicide, crumbling family relationships, and a myriad of physical and mental struggles, these veterans’ stories reveal that the tragic cost of war is not simply paid in lives lost on the battlefield.
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Works 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 oneread.org so far, and find your next good read!
We collected nominations for next year’s One Read book throughout November, and this month we are highlighting some of the titles your friends and neighbors suggested. We received one of our most heartfelt nominations for Camron Wright’s “The Rent Collector,” a novel set in Cambodia’s biggest municipal dump.
“This is the best book I have read all year!” begins our nominator. “I have recommended this book to everyone I know. The setting: an enormous garbage dump in Cambodia. The people who actually live there and try to eke out a living from picking through the trash are real. The story itself is fictionalized. It is a gripping read that pulls you in to this unthinkable environment and makes you ponder many questions including hope, healing and redemption. As ‘the rent collector’ teaches Sang Ly to read, we are asked to give thought to what measures up enough to be called literature. I think that is an important topic to probe as well.”
Want to know what other books people in your community are discussing? View all of the nominated titles we have highlighted here at oneread.org so far, and find your next good read!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2014 One Read book! Nominations are now closed, but we will continue highlighting some of the suggested titles here throughout the month of December.
One area reader highly recommends Louise Erdrich’s “The Round House.” Our nominator states, “It’s a compelling story exploring issues that haven’t yet been discussed with previous One Read selections – Native American sovereignty law and history. It’s also a coming of age story and delves into family relationships and the nature of good and evil.” Written in the voice fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz, living on a reservation in North Dakota, this novel follows the teenager’s attempt to discover who brutally attacked his mother, a horrific event that plunges her into a deep depression and threatens to destroy his family.
See other readers’ nominations for One Read 2014.