Suggested One Read: Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

We are into our final week for highlighting community suggestions for the 2021 One Read title while we anxiously wait to see what titles our One Read reading panel chooses for next year’s community read.

Ten Lesson book coverToday’s suggested title is “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” by Fareed Zakaria. According to our nominator, the “author puts in perspective why some countries effectively managed the virus with few infections and deaths and less economic impact and why some countries, especially the US, failed in its response. The author breaks down history and poses considerations to be better prepared not just for the next pandemic but for other global situations such as climate change. The author articulates quality over quantity in government, how data is being collected and used, and the impact of nationalism verse globalization. Completed during the summer of 2020, it would be interesting to discuss how the world is doing one year later.”

If you have missed any of our suggested titles, you can find them here. Be sure to check back for our final nomination suggestions!

Suggested One Read: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

We have just a few more nominated titles for One Read 2021 to share with you before the year ends. We are highlighting just some the the suggested titles so you can see what others are enjoying.

On Earth We're Briefly GorgeousNext up “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The person who nominated this book had this to say, “the book covers a wide variety of topics — race, gender, sexuality, masculinity, grief and language — which would enable discussion and events on a wide range.”

Stay tuned for more One Read nominees throughout the month of December!

Suggested One Read: How To Do Nothing

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 titles here.

How to Do NothingToday’s suggestion is “How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” by Jenny Odell. This is one of the many nonfiction suggestions this year. As the nominator put it, “After a year we stimulated ourselves nearly to extinction with news and social media, Odell has an idea how to recenter and find some joy.” From the jacket, “We live in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity. Odell delivers an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism. She shows readers that doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance — and how to become more meaningfully connected in the process.”

Stay tuned for more One Read suggestions!

Suggested One Read: The Nickel Boys

Welcome back, we had so many great suggestions for next year’s One Read program — over 200 responses! While we wish we could share them all, we’re just sharing a few nominations during the month of December.

The Nickel Boys book cover

The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead is based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousand of children. This is a “very accessible book with a compelling plot, based in historical events, and deals with social justice issues — great tie in to some very popular YA novels like “Dear Martin,” “The Hate U Give,” etc. would be a great book for adults and young adults alike. Would love to see a book for readers who maybe don’t see themselves as readers.”

Check out some of the other titles suggested for One Read 2021.


Suggested One Read: The Yellow House

The Yellow House book coverIn January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of books nominated for our community-wide reading program. In the meantime, we are highlighting just some of these suggested titles so you can see what other local readers are enjoying.

Today’s nomination is for “The Yellow House” by Sarah M. Broom, which tells the story of a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities, New Orleans. The nominator of this book had this to say, “every reader has a home in their past they vividly remember. I’m not sure any have been as vividly, imaginatively and pointedly remembered as this one.”

Check back on Friday for the next suggestion for One Read 2021!