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!

Suggested One Read: Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird 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.

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country” was nominated by a local reader, who writes: “Murdoch spent eight years researching this multi-faceted story which explores murder, greed, the repeated misjustices experienced by Natives of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and introduces us to Lissa Yellow Bird, the courageous, tenacious investigator who refuses to stop looking for answers in her quest for justice. The complexities of this work would afford many opportunities for discussion and learning.”

Author Sierra Crane Murdoch’s eight-year investigation has created a book that shares with us how Lissa, a meth addict fresh out of prison, channeled the same addictive impulses that landed her in prison into the search for Kristopher “KC” Clarke, who went missing in the early 2010s.

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Suggested One Read: Everything Sad Is Untrue: A True Story

book cover of Everything Sad is UntrueIt’s that time of the year again when we share some of your suggestions for our next One Read title. We will be sharing your suggestions here at over the next several weeks so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. Our reading panel will be considering all of these titles and more as they begin narrowing down the list of suggestions.

Today’s suggestion is a middle-grade book, but just because it was written for kids doesn’t mean it’s ONLY for kids. “Everything Sad Is Untrue: A True Story” is about a dark-skinned boy from Iran who now lives in Oklahoma. He tries to tell his story, but no one believes him. Taking strength from the stories of Scheherazade, he begins telling his own story in the same manner and for the same reason — to save his life. The nominator called this book poetic, funny, gorgeous and sad with extraordinary storytelling. They said, “It will make you a better person. Also, while this book’s primary audience is young adults, it is affecting and enjoyable for adults as well.” 

Check back here on Wednesday for our next suggestion for One Read 2022. You can find past suggestions here.