Our enthusiastic nominator of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls calls this memoir “absolutely engaging from word one.” The book describes the author’s very eccentric upbringing as the child of an alcoholic father and artist mother. According to our nominator, Walls “deals with the issues of poverty and mental health in a way that is very accessible and would certainly engage the community on these ever current issues. It’s an amazing true story that all readers would surely devour. I have to think that the author would be a wonderful visitor to have here given her incredible life story.”
The Daniel Boone Regional Library is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 One Read book. We’ll be highlighting some of the titles area readers suggest.
Tea Obreht’s novel “The Tiger’s Wife” tells the story of a young doctor in a war-torn Balkan country as she struggles to understand her grandfather’s mysterious death and takes over his search for a mythical ageless vagabond. This book’s nominator thinks it would make a great One Read because “it is an immensely enjoyable story in and of itself. It also could allow for several wide-ranging discussions such as the importance of storytelling (the Balkans vs. the Ozarks?) the impact of civil wars on cultures (especially given the current coverage of the anniversary of our Civil War) and so on.”
We’ve begun receiving your suggestions for our 2012 One Read title! 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.
First up is “A Confederacy of Dunces” by the late John Kennedy Toole. This tragicomedy tells the story of overweight misanthrope Ignatius Reilly, living with his mother in New Orleans while he writes his historical masterwork on Big Chief tablets he keeps hidden under his bed. The reader proposing this title calls it “an underrated classic. A really brilliant novel that flies under the radar despite winning a major award. All the pieces are there – characters, setting, plot, storytelling and dialogue.” Another nominator sums up the book this way: “funny and literary and tragic and ridiculous.”
Have a suggestion of your own? Let us know what you think our community should read in 2012 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at oneread.org by November 30.