Suggested One Read: Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers book coverWe had around 145 titles nominated for One Read 2018! Next month our reading panel will have the tough task of narrowing down the list to a small fraction of that. Be sure to check out the titles we’ve highlighted so far.

Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue was the winner of several literary awards. It’s a novel about family, home and the American Dream. Here’s what the nominator shared: “Immigrants try to pursue the American dream by working for a Lehman Brothers executive. The wealthy executive and his wife and the immigrant couple provide interesting comparisons to analyze. This book also looks at the relationships between husbands and wives, and how traditional roles may change when an immigrant couple moves to U.S.”

Suggested One Read: Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy book cover

In 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.

Fiction, nonfiction, memoir and everything in between. All kinds of books get nominated for One Read, and “Furiously Happy” is one that is quite unique, if the cover is any indication. I’ll let our nominator explain: “Jenny Lawson looks at mental illness from a very personal perspective with such humor and compassion. She does an incredible job of destigmatizing and humanizing an issue that seems to be ever present in every community, no matter what race, age, gender or economic status.”

Suggested One Read: Mudbound

Though the nomination period has ended, throughout the month of December we are continuing to highlight a few of the many books nominated for One Read 2018.Mudbound book cover

Mudbound” By Hillary Jordan has recently been adapted into a movie, and so it’s no surprise to see it has been nominated this year. The nominator writes that “Mudbound” is “a beautifully layered story that explores the relationship between two families, one white and one black in post-WWII Mississippi. The story captures (not surprisingly) the racism of the day, but also looks at how the war lead to changing world views that helped usher in changes to the racial divide in the country. The story is ultimately a fascinating portrait of friendship, family relationships and betrayal as experienced by the novel’s various characters. It was also a compelling read that was hard to put down.”

See other readers’ nominations for One Read 2018.

Suggested One Read: Days Without End

Today is the final day the Daniel Boone Regional Library will be accepting nominations for the 2018 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

Days Without End book coverOften, books that take place in or around Missouri are nominated for One Read. This trend continues with “Days Without End.” The local nominator states: “This is a gorgeous and heartbreaking novel, set partially in Missouri during the American Civil War. The narrator is an Irishman with an unforgettable narrative voice, who offers an important perspective on American immigrant experiences.”

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

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.