Suggested One Read: City of Thieves

Book cover for City of Thieves by David BenioffEach year we receive many nominations for One Read that fall into the category of historical fiction. Being set during different time periods, these books inspire rich discussion and offer up plenty of possibilities for educational programs. This year a local reader nominated David Benioff’s “City of Thieves,” a novel set in Russia during World War II. Documenting his grandparents’ experiences during the siege of Leningrad, a young writer learns his grandfather’s story about how a military deserter and he tried to secure pardons by gathering hard-to-find ingredients for a powerful colonel’s daughter’s wedding cake.

Our nominator describes this book as a “really fantastic coming of age story. I could not put it down when I was reading it and was sad to see this moving story come to a close. It’s great historical fiction, but the writing will appeal to readers who don’t normally pick up that genre because it is full of compelling characters and moves at a thrilling pace. I think this is a book that will appeal to readers of all ages and backgrounds.”

Read about other books nominated for One Read 2015.

Suggested One Read: Still Alice

A local reader has recommended “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova for One Read 2015. Our nominator writes, “It seems that Alzheimer’s is increasingly prevalent in our society. This is the first novel by a neuroscientist who lives the successful life of a top academic, much like her main character.”

That main character, Alice Howland, is happily married and at the height of her career as a Harvard professor when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Nominations for One Read 2015 are now closed, but we will continue to highlight nominated titles throughout the month of December. Check out what others in your community are reading and enjoying!

Suggested One Read: Empathy Exams

Book cover for The Empathy Exams by Leslie JamisonNominations for our 2015 One Read book are now closed, but we will be highlighting some of the more than 100 suggested titles throughout the month so  you can check out what your fellow mid-Missourians are reading and recommending.

Next up is “Empathy Exams” by Leslie Jamison. Recently named one of the best books of 2014 by Publisher’s Weekly, this collection of essays explores empathy, using topics ranging from street violence and incarceration to reality television and literary sentimentality to ask questions about people’s understanding of and relationships with others.

Our nominator writes, “It tackles a lot of interesting questions: what do we care about and how much control do we have over that? It’s got some pop science and some deeply reflective writing. It’s witty and fun and full of ideas that challenge in a good way.”

See what other titles have been nominated for One Read 2015.

Suggested One Read: The Warmth of Other Suns

Book cover for The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel WilkersonThis is the last week that the Daniel Boone Regional Library will be accepting nominations for the 2015 One Read book. Make your suggestion at any of our branches, on the bookmobile or online.

In January, a reading panel will consider all of the books nominated. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of your suggestions here at

One recent nomination is “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. This book chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Our nominator writes, “[This book is] gripping, beautifully written and very readable. It’s carefully researched and tells a story few of us know and everyone should know that is of crucial impact to our country’s past and current social landscape.”

What one book tells a story you think the whole community should know and discuss? Make a nomination today!

Suggested One Read: I, Robot

I, Robot book coverDuring the month of November we are taking your nominations for One Read 2015 and highlighting some of those nominations here at One local reader thinks we should prepare for the eventual take-over of Earth by machines (!) and read “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov.

Our nominator writes: “Isaac Asimov would have turned 95 in 2015. ‘I, Robot’ is a great collection of sci-fi short stories that might introduce some to the sci-fi genre without trying to tackle something too thick or extreme. Also, a university in Texas created an AI system, then purposely gave it schizophrenia. We need this book to prepare for the impending Robot Wars.”

In “I, Robot,” Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future – a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

What one book do you think our community should read together in 2015? Nominate a title online, at one of our branches or on the bookmobile by November 30.