Suggested One Read: One Thousand Ships

Welcome back! We had so many great suggestions for next year’s One Read program — just over 200 responses! Nominations are now closed and while we wish we could share them all, we’re just sharing a few nominations during the rest of December.

Today’s highlighted title is “A Thousand Ships” by Natalie Haynes. The nominator says that this is “a modern retelling of the Trojan War.” But this time the story is told from the perspective of the women — not just Penelope waiting for Odysseus’ return, but all the wives left behind, all the daughters left vulnerable, and all the mothers who lost children. And of coarse there’s Helen and the goddesses who started the whole thing. There are also the Amazon princesses who fought Achilles and, of course, Cassandra is not to be believed. No matter how times change, war remains achingly the same.

Check back Friday for our next title and you can check out some of the other titles suggested for One Read 2022.

Suggested One Read: The Code Breaker we eagerly await the next step in our One Read selection process, which is the January review and selection by our One Read reading panel, we are sharing some of the suggested titles with you. This short review is of “The Code Breaker” by Walter Isaacson.

To read the story of Jennifer Doudna, CRISPR research pioneer and 2020 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, is to also read about DNA, RNA and genetic manipulation. About early days of gene splicing techniques and developing tools to fight coronaviruses. Author Walter Isaacson takes readers “into the breach” when Doudna leads her Berkley colleagues and other Bay Area scientists to begin the fight against Covid-19 on Friday, March 13, 2020. I agree with the nominator who said: “Very relevant current topic — very readable — superb true story” as Isaacson gives life to the research, conferences, scientist partners and other aspects of Doudna’s professional life. 

Would you like to read other recommendations?  You can find past suggestions here.

Suggested One Read: Firekeeper’s Daughter

Fire Keeper's Daughter

We are highlighting some of the titles that members of the community have suggested for next year’s One Read. The One Read reading panel is hard at work narrowing down the list to about 10 titles. The titles will be reviewed for adaptability and suitability for community-wide programming. You can learn more about the process and see past One Read winners here.

Today’s pick is “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley. This debut young adult book is about a young bi-racial girl who is an unenrolled tribal member trying to figure out where she belongs. She witnesses a murder and gets caught up in a criminal investigation and subsequently drawn in as an FBI informant. She struggles between what is best for her tribe, her family and herself. This book was nominated because it looks at “Native American history.” Other themes are of a “teenager dealing with identity and drugs in their community.” It is also written by a Native American author.

The nominating process is now closed but we will continue highlighting titles through the rest of December. You can find more suggested titles here.

Suggested One Read: Calling Me Home

Calling me HomeWe continue sharing with you some of the titles that other readers have suggested while we wait for January, when our One Read reading panel begins to narrow down the list of books nominated for our community-wide reading program.

Today we bring to you “Calling Me Home,” a story woven between a forbidden love and tragic consequences in 1930s Kentucky and 60 years later a journey by two women travelling across the country. The nominator says: “An unlikely friendship forms between two adults with very different backgrounds. They navigate sensitive subject matter on their way to a funeral.” Whose funeral is it? Why is the younger woman willing to rearrange her plans to accompany her 89-year-old friend with only a day’s notice? Author Julie Kibler catches you into her narrative, telling the story with grace and anticipation.

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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 on 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!