Suggested One Read: The Wolf Wants In

The Wolf Wants In book coverWe are highlighting some of the titles that members of the community have suggested for next year’s One Read. The One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list in January to about 10 titles that will all be reviewed for adaptability and suitability for community-wide programming. You can learn more about the process here.

“The Wolf Wants In” by Laura McHugh is about small town life in mid-America caught in economic decline and in the grips of the opioid epidemic but with a nostalgia for what once was. This suspenseful mystery set in Kansas and is told from the point of view of two women whose stories masterfully intertwineThe nominator of this book pointed out that McHugh “is a local author and this would show support.” 

Have you read a book that you think would be a great community read? There is still time to nominate a book for next year’s One Read. Nominations are open until November 30. You can nominate online or at the library.

Suggested One Read: Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon book coverWelcome back to another book suggestion for next year’s One Read. We will continue to accept nominations until November 30 so don’t forget to go to oneread.org to suggest a book!

Today we’ll be looking at a classic book, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes. The story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. The nominator had this to say: “a classic, this book will make you think about things outside of your comfort zone.”

Check back on Thursday for another suggested book for next year’s One Read.

Suggested One Read: Stoner

Stoner book coverBetween now and November 30, the entire community gets to suggest titles for next year’s One Read. In January, the One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list but for the next couple of months we will be highlighting some of the suggested titles so that you can see what others in the community are considering.

“Stoner” by John Edwards Williams is an often overlooked classic. It’s about a Missouri farm boy who went to the state university to study agronomy in order to help the family, but once he experiences the world of literature he changes his focus and eventually becomes a professor. The nominator of this book said that because the “story takes place in the library district” and is “about a man who values art (esp literature)” it “would endear the title to the OR participants.”

Do you have a book that you would like to nominate? Suggest a title!

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.