Suggested One Read: Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon book coverWelcome back to another book suggestion for next year’s One Read. We will continue to accept nominations until November 30 so don’t forget to go to to suggest a book!

Today we’ll be looking at a classic book, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes. The story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. The nominator had this to say: “a classic, this book will make you think about things outside of your comfort zone.”

Check back on Thursday for another suggested book for next year’s One Read.

Suggested One Read: Stoner

Stoner book coverBetween now and November 30, the entire community gets to suggest titles for next year’s One Read. In January, the One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list but for the next couple of months we will be highlighting some of the suggested titles so that you can see what others in the community are considering.

“Stoner” by John Edwards Williams is an often overlooked classic. It’s about a Missouri farm boy who went to the state university to study agronomy in order to help the family, but once he experiences the world of literature he changes his focus and eventually becomes a professor. The nominator of this book said that because the “story takes place in the library district” and is “about a man who values art (esp literature)” it “would endear the title to the OR participants.”

Do you have a book that you would like to nominate? Suggest a title!

Suggested One Read: From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity book coverWe are currently taking your suggestions for our 2020 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 down the list of suggestions.

The first One Read suggestion we’re highlighting is “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death” by Caitlin Doughty. This book describes death customs and rituals from around the world, exploring how they compare to the impersonal American system and how mourners respond best when they participate in caring for the deceased. The person who nominated this book stated “it sparks the end-of-life discussion, which is a discussion people sometimes never have with their loved ones.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2020 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at by November 30.

Suggested One Read: Dark Matter

Dark Matter book coverThis is the last installment of the suggested One Read titles. The reading panel will soon be put work contemplating the more than 100 titles that were suggested through the month of November. You can click here to find the other titles that have been highlighted this month. You can also find previous One Read titles here.

Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch is about a physics professor living in Chicago with his wife and son. He’s kidnapped at gun point one night and taken to an industrial warehouse where he’s knocked unconscious. When he wakes up he’s strapped to a gurney and the people around him are in hazmat suits. He manages to escape but although everything is familiar nothing is right. The nominator said, “Everyone needs an escape from the pre-dystopian nightmare that is our current society, and this is a good one.” It’s a truly edge of your seat mystery, sci-fi, psycho-thriller with a bit of romance thrown in.

Suggested One Read: Fly Girls

Fly Girls book coverThis is one of the last suggested titles we are highlighting for One Read 2019. In January the reading panel will start narrowing down the list.

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more ridiculed. “Fly Girls” by Keith O’Brien recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky. The person who nominated this book stated, “it’s important for people to learn and appreciate the courageous people in the past who overcome huge obstacles that have made the world better for us today. This book does that.”

Check back on Thursday for the last suggested One Read title we will be highlighting.