Suggested One Read: The Turner House

Book cover for The Turner House by Angela FlournoyNominations for our 2017 One Read book are now closed, but we will be highlighting some of the more than 130 suggested titles throughout the month so you can check out what your fellow mid-Missourians are reading and recommending.

Next up is “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy. National Book Award Finalist in 2015, this novel follows the members of the Turner family as they gather in Detroit to reckon with their pasts and decide the family home’s fate.

Our nominator calls this book “a micro-picture of the great migration, the economic decline of the auto industry and the growing up and leaving home of three generations. It lends itself to great discussion possibilities. Flournoy is a young, fresh, talented writer. “

See some of the other titles that have been 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 Weight of Blood

Book cover for The Weight of Blood by Laura McHughIn 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.

Each year at least one local author’s book is nominated, and this year is no different. “The Weight of Blood” by Laura McHugh received multiple nominations. This suspenseful tale, set in the Ozarks, focuses on seventeen-year-old Lucy Dane and her mother Lila, who disappeared not long after Lucy’s birth. The discovery of the body of a long-missing school friend compels Lucy to look into both disappearances, but few are willing to help her. One of our nominators writes, “The book is a well-written mystery and a page-turner. It deals with the closed culture in southern Missouri, family secrets and human trafficking.”

Read about some of the other books nominated for One Read 2015.

Suggested One Read: The Chaperone

Book cover for The Chaperone by Laura MoriartyWorks of fiction with real historical settings allow us to explore a past time and place in an intimate way. The nominator of “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty feels that the community would enjoy experiencing 1920s New York.

Our nominator writes, “[This is] a fictional story inspired by a real-life movie star Louise Brooks. This novel follows the life of the woman who chaperoned Brooks from Wichita, KS to New York City at the start of her film career. This book will appeal to the community because it is a fascinating story and written in a manner that pulls you in from the first page. The characters are truly drawn and easy to connect with; I did not want to put this book down when I was reading it. I think it will inspire lots of discussion – about the ’20s in the US, women’s role in the country during that time, old-time movies and much more.”

Read about other books nominated for One Read 2015.

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.”

Check out what others in your community are reading and enjoying!