Suggested One Read: Orange Is the new Black

Book cover for Orange Is the New BlackWell-reviewed and popular when first published in 2010, Piper Kerman’s best-selling memoir “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in A Women’s Prison” gained even more attention after Netflix launched a series based on the book. The narrative follows the author’s incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.

The reader who nominated “Orange Is the new Black” for One Read writes, “This book is a very accurate and eye-opening description of life in a women’s prison. Discussion topics include: the war on drugs, the overpopulation of American prisons, women’s issues, prisoners’ rights, mental illness, incarceration and opportunities to volunteer in prisons. As a women’s prison volunteer myself, I highly recommend this book.”

Thank you to everyone who suggested books to be considered for the 2015 One Read program. As the reading panel begins its work, we will continue to highlight nominated titles so you can learn what others in the community are reading and discussing.

Suggested One Read: The Ghost Map

Book cover for The Ghost Map by Steven JohnsonIt feels strange to write “thrilling” and “cholera” in the same sentence, but “The Ghost Map” by science writer Steven Johnson is a thrilling historical account of a horrible cholera outbreak in Victorian London. The reader who nominated this title for One Read calls it a “fascinating” story about the early detection of communicable disease. At the center of this tale is Dr. John Snow who revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science and the modern world.

This work of nonfiction moves quickly, with the central characters working to solve this public health puzzle. The blending of history, science and medicine make this an engaging read.

See what other books your fellow readers have suggested for One Read 2014!


Suggested One Read: Farmacology

Book cover for Farmacology by Daphne MillerAn area reader has nominated Daphne Miller’s “Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing” for One Read 2014. Our nominator writes that this book “addresses concerns about sustainability and living with nature as opposed to trying to fight nature.”

Miller, a physician, offers an approach to sustainable health and healing based on the intimate link between farming and medicine, interweaving the wisdom of farmers committed to sustainable agriculture with the expertise of scientists and researchers. With the increased concern about where our food comes from and how its production affects the health of people and the planet, this is a timely read.

Check out the other One Read nominations we’ve highlighted this month.

Suggested One Read: Thank You for Your Service

Book cover for Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel“I think the story of returning veterans and their readjustment would be excellent for the community,” writes the nominator of “Thank You for Your Service” by David Finkel. Finkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with the Washington Post, provides a moving and sobering portrait of soldiers returning from Iraq. Dealing with PTSD, suicide, crumbling family relationships, and a myriad of physical and mental struggles, these veterans’ stories reveal that the tragic cost of war is not simply paid in lives lost on the battlefield.

Want more reading recommendations? See other books area readers have nominated for our community-wide reading program.

Suggested One Read: My Beloved World

Book cover for My Beloved World by Sonia SotomayorThe Daniel Boone Regional Library is accepting nominations for the 2014 One Read book through November 30. A local reader suggests that the community would enjoy discussing “My Beloved World” by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Our nominator explains, “She grew up poor and overcame many difficulties in her life. I recently read the book and not only enjoyed it but also was so inspired by her life story that I want to share it with friends and family.  It’s a wonderful book and an American story.”

It seems readers in Oregon would agree. The Multnomah County Public Library has selected “My Beloved World” for its 2014 reading program, Everybody Reads. They describe Sotomayor’s biography as “a story of love, self-discovery and human triumph. Despite having only television characters for professional role models when she was a child, Sotomayor resolved to become a lawyer. That dream took her from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice and appointment to the Federal District Court by the age of 40.”

Have a suggestion of your own? Let us know what you think our community should read in 2014 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile or online at