Suggested One Read: Notes From No Man’s Land

Book cover for Notes From a No Man's Land by Eula BissThe outsider’s perspective often calls into question practices and environments we think of as unexceptional, normal, a given. Award-winning author and journalist Eula Biss, who grew up in a racially mixed family, uses her personal experience to explore what it means to be American, our complex attitudes about race, community, self and belonging. Her collection of essays, “Notes From No Man’s Land,” is the final One Read 2012 suggestion we’ll be highlighting here at

Our nominator writes, “These essays are exquisite, complex, crystalline and would prompt a variety of community conversations and invite a whole raft of possible facilitators.”

Many thanks to the more than 100 of you who nominated titles for our reading panel’s consideration. Our community’s involvement and support are what make this program great!

See all of the nominated titles we have highlighted for One Read 2012.


One Read Art Exhibit

“You invent yourself.” – George Orson, from “Await Your Reply” by Dan Chaon



These masks and more are currently on display at the Columbia Public Library.  They were created on September 25, 2010 by participants in this year’s One Read art workshop.  Participants explored alter egos and alternative selves, inspired by the identity–shifting themes of Dan Chaon’s “Await Your Reply.” Participants crafted masks of paper, cardboard, plastic and other objects to investigate who they are, alternative personas and even who they might like to be.  The workshop was led by artist and puppeteer April Karlovit.

See more pictures and read about the workshop at the Missourian’s Neighborhood News blog.