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!


Suggested One Read: The Hate U Give

Welcome back to another book suggestion for next year’s One Read.

The Hate U Give book coverToday’s suggested book is “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. The story is about Starr Carter who, after witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, is sent to a new “safe” school in a wealthy neighborhood, causing her to have to switch between the two worlds. Life gets even more complicated when she is intimidated by both the police and a local drug lord in order to find out the details of her friend’s death. This wonderful book has also been made into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg as Starr. The nominator said that “it sheds light on the dwindling economics of black communities.”

Be sure to check back on Wednesday for another suggested One Read!

Suggested One Read: Hood Feminism

Hood Feminism book coverWe are highlighting more suggested titles through the rest of December while we wait for the One Read reading panel to work their magic and narrow down the selection from the community suggestions.

The next book nomination we’ll be looking at is “Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot” by Mikki Kendall. The nominator had this to say: “it focuses on how feminism is more than white feminism and draws on other aspects of the community that need to be helped.” Kendall looks at a variety of topics that feminist should also focus on such as food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care.

Check back here on Monday for the next nomination we will be sharing.

Suggested One Read: The Broken Heart of America

The One Read reading panel will be sorting through the many titles that were suggested by our community for One Read 2021 in a few short weeks. Meanwhile, we are highlighting suggested titles so that you can see what others are reading.

The Broken Heart of America book cover

Today’s suggested title was one of the many nonfiction suggestions this year, and it was nominated by three different people. “The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States” is written by Walter Johnson, who grew up in Columbia and lived in St. Louis before becoming a professor of history and African American studies at Harvard. One nominator described it as “a critical look” at Missouri, St. Louis and local history.

According to another nominator, “The Broken Heart of America sets forth in searing detail how St. Louis and the state of Missouri have been at the heart of so much of the conflict that has defined and shaped America. Johnson explains how America’s westward expansion and its corollary of ‘Indian removal’ were based in St. Louis; how so many of the events leading up to, occurring during, and flowing out of the Civil War were driven by racist policies implemented (and in many cases pioneered) in St. Louis; how St. Louis was key to so many devastating events ranging from the collapse of Reconstruction to the demolition of urban communities as a result of ‘urban renewal;’ and how in recent years the nation’s waves of racism-driven police brutality and protests against racial injustice emanated from the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.”

The third nominator said, “it speaks historically to an issue we are daily grappling with, and Missourians were in the rooms where it all happened …”

We will be posting a new suggested title every Monday, Wednesday and Friday so be sure to check back to see what others in the community are reading. You can learn more about the One Read program here.