Suggested One Read: Pachinko

Pachinko book coverThough the nomination period has ended, throughout the month of December we are continuing to highlight a few of the many books nominated for One Read 2019.

The next book we will be looking at was a National Book Award finalist for 2017, “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee. One nominator described this books as “the history of the conflict in the Koreas told against the backdrop of one family in a soap operatic generational struggle.” Through eight decades and four generations, “Pachinko” is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.

Stay tuned for more nominees throughout the month of December!

Suggested One Read: The Library Book

The Library Book book coverThere are only two days left to nominate a book for the 2019 One Read! The reading panel will begin the process of narrowing down the list in January. Until then, we are highlighting a some of the suggested titles here at

The Library Book” by Susan Orleans tells the story of a devastating fire in the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986. It burned for seven hours, reached a temperature of around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, consumed 400,000 books, and damaged 700,000 more.  According to the nominator, “We have a great public library with a constituency of devoted library users here in Columbia. This book celebrates the American library in an erudite, good-humored manner.”

Hurry and suggest your favorite book for the 2019 One Read!

Suggested One Read: The Great Alone

The Great Alone book coverThere are only a few more days to nominate a book for One Read 2019. Through the rest of the year, we’ll be sharing some of the titles nominated by area readers.

Our next One Read nominee that we will be looking at is “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. A reader that nominated this book said, “In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska — a place of incomparable beauty and danger. ‘The Great Alone’ is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2019 by filling out a suggestion online at by November 30.

Suggested One Read: All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See book coverIn January, our One Read reading panel will begin the process of narrowing down the list of books nominated for our community-wide reading program. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of the suggested titles so you can see what other local readers are enjoying.

Multiple nominators suggested the Pulitzer Prize winner, “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. This book was an instant success and was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for two and a half years. One nominator writes, “From the first page to its end, the author weaves a tale with poetic prose that is as beautiful as it is poignant. The story, steeped in geography and historical events during and moving to conclusion at the end of WW II, is mesmerizing and its message utterly timely.” Another nominator writes that this is a “great book to learn about the effects of Hitler on children — to join the mines or be selected to fight in the military.”

Have a book you would like to recommend? Suggest a title!

Suggested One Read: There There

There There book coverWe are currently taking your suggestions for our 2019 One Read title, and we’ll be highlighting some of these books here at 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 the list of suggestions.

The first suggestion we’re highlighting is “There There” by Tommy Orange, which has made it to the shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. This title has already received a couple of nominations. In this book you follow the interconnected lives of several Native Americans living in present day Oakland, California. One reader described this book as “a compelling, multiple character portrait of the ‘urban native,’ city-living Native Americans in the current day.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2019 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at by November 30.