Suggested One Read: Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Tell the Wolves I'm Home book coverThere are only a few more days to nominate a book for One Read 2018. Through the rest of the year, we’ll be sharing some of the titles nominated by area readers.

“Tell the Wolves I’m Home” is one of those unique novels that appeals to adult and teen readers alike. The narrator is 14-year-old June, who experiences the loss of her uncle, the only person she felt truly understood her. While June deals with her mother, who can hardly speak about the mysterious illness that killed her uncle, she also starts a friendship with Toby, her late uncle’s secret lover. The nominator explains: “Its two main characters span generations, and it explores grief and friendship — universal experiences — set in the context of the 1980s AIDS epidemic. It is also very engaging and easy to read.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2018 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile or online at by November 30.

Suggested One Read: Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo book cover

We are currently taking your suggestions for our 2018 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 the list of suggestions.

The first suggestion we’re highlighting is Man Booker Prize winner “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders. The nominator does a wonderful job describing the book: “[‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is] a beautiful examination of the place between this life and the next; this novel based on Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie’s death allows readers to identify with the great President’s grief as well as with the dead themselves, all with compassion and humor. A marvelous read.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2018 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile or online at by November 30.

Suggested One Read: The Weird Sisters

Book cover: The Weird SistersWe often get nominations for One Read that are set in the Midwest. Eleanor Brown’s “The Weird Sisters,” set in a college town in Ohio, has echoes of Columbia or Fulton. The family dynamics may also feel familiar to many readers. In this novel, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters return home to help their hapless father care for their mother, recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Our nominator writes, “This author spoke at the inaugural Unbound Book Festival held in Columbia last spring. The book provides many topics for discussion — Shakespeare, birth order, Midwest living, sibling rivalry, self fulfillment and more.”

Read about some of the other titles mid-Missouri readers nominated for One Read 2017.


Suggested One Read: The Turner House

Book cover for The Turner House by Angela FlournoyNominations for our 2017 One Read book are now closed, but we will be highlighting some of the more than 130 suggested titles throughout the month so you can check out what your fellow mid-Missourians are reading and recommending.

Next up is “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy. National Book Award Finalist in 2015, this novel follows the members of the Turner family as they gather in Detroit to reckon with their pasts and decide the family home’s fate.

Our nominator calls this book “a micro-picture of the great migration, the economic decline of the auto industry and the growing up and leaving home of three generations. It lends itself to great discussion possibilities. Flournoy is a young, fresh, talented writer. ”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2017.

Suggested One Read: The Underground Railroad

Book cover for the Underground RailroadToday is the final day the Daniel Boone Regional Library will be accepting nominations for the 2017 One Read book! Make your suggestion at any of our branches, on the bookmobile or online.

In January, a reading panel will consider all of the books nominated. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of your suggestions here at

We received more than one nomination for “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead, which won this year’s National Book Award for fiction. One nominator quotes the book’s publisher in describing the book as “a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The author creates a scenario in which the underground railroad was a physical thing.” Another nominator calls it “a moving, tense, thought-provoking and important book.”

What one book tells a story you think the whole community should know and discuss? Today is your final chance to let us know!