Suggested One Read: How the Word is Passed

How the word is passed book coverWelcome back to our suggested One Read spotlight. We are highlighting titles that have been suggested by the community (you) for next year’s community read.

Today’s pick is “How the Word is Passed” by Clint Smith. Written by a poet but informed by deep scholarship, this is Smith’s first nonfiction book. In it, he tours monuments and landmarks to take a look at which have been honest about our past, which have not, and how that has shaped our collective story. According to the nominator, “This book is a very eye opening discussion of how the story of slavery is told in different parts of the United States and the world. It makes the argument that in all places, the real story of slavery should be shared, not glossing over the fact that slavery happened here and may still be happening here. For me it raised questions about the stories we tell at our own Missouri landmarks and how slavery did shape so much of our history but that story isn’t really what is told. In a time when Critical Race Theory is under fire, this is a book that beautifully addresses the idea that the story of slavery needs to be told and focuses and how it is or isn’t told today.”

Stay tuned for more One Read nominees throughout the month of December! Do you have a title you would like to suggest? It’s not too late! You have until the end of November to do that here!

Suggested One Read: Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird book coverIn January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of 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.

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country” was nominated by a local reader, who writes: “Murdoch spent eight years researching this multi-faceted story which explores murder, greed, the repeated misjustices experienced by Natives of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and introduces us to Lissa Yellow Bird, the courageous, tenacious investigator who refuses to stop looking for answers in her quest for justice. The complexities of this work would afford many opportunities for discussion and learning.”

Author Sierra Crane Murdock’s eight-year investigation has created a book that shares with us how Lissa, a meth addict fresh out of prison, channeled the same addictive impulses that landed her in prison into the search for Kristopher “KC” Clarke, who went missing in the early 2010s.

Have a book you’d like to nominate? Suggest a title!

Suggested One Read: Everything Sad is Untrue: A True Story

book cover of Everything Sad is UntrueIt’s that time of the year again when we share some of your suggestions for our next One Read title. We will be sharing your suggestions here at oneread.org over the next several weeks so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. Our reading panel will be considering all of these titles and more as they begin narrowing down the list of suggestions.

Today’s suggestion is for a middle grade book but just because it was written for kids doesn’t mean it’s ONLY for kids. “Everything Sad is Untrue: A True Story” is about a dark skinned boy from Iran who now lives in Oklahoma. He tries to tell his story but no one believes him. Taking strength from the stories of Scheherazade, he begins telling his own story in the same manner and for the same reason — to save his life. The nominator called this book poetic, funny, gorgeous, and sad with extraordinary storytelling. They said, “It will make you a better person. Also, while this book’s primary audience is young adults, it is affecting and enjoyable for adults as well.” 

Check back here on Wednesday for our next suggestion for One Read 2022. You can find past suggestions here.

Suggested One Read : The Four Winds

Four Winds book coverIn January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of 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.

The Four Winds” is an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras — the Great Depression.The nominator writes: “It delves into class structure in the US and some of its history. Also it discusses migration due to perilous living environments which seems so prevalent to today.

Have a book you’d like to nominate? Suggest a title!

Suggested One Read: The Anthropocene Reviewed

January is just around the corner, and that’s when our One Read reading panel will begin the long process of narrowing down the list of books nominated for the 2022 community-wide reading program. There were over 200 nominations last year! Between now and the end of December, we will be highlighting some of the current suggested titles so that you can see what other local readers are enjoying. 

The first title up is “The Anthropocene Reviewed” by John Green. The nominator says, “This series of essays is really a fun read. There are a lot of topics addressed in the book to talk about and there is a lot of diversity in the emotions spanned throughout the book. It is very manageable and easy to discuss part by part but also as a whole and a whole idea about the human world. I find that in reading the book I want to discuss each essay because I feel like it inspires me to have something to say. Everything is very relatable, it is, after all, a collection of reviews of things from the human world. I would want readers to come away more reflective of the world around them, the history and stories behind the items and places they interact with every day.”

Nominations will continue through the end of December. Have you read a great book that you would like to discuss with the community? You can suggest a title here!