Suggested One Read: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing book coverWe have just a few more nominated titles to share with you before the year ends. In the meantime, we are highlighting just some of the suggested titles so you can see what others are enjoying.

Released in 2018, “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens has been a hugely popular title at the library this year. The nominator had this to say, “it’s a beautifully told story of survival of the body and spirit and the importance of education in the face of ignorance and neglect. Delia Owens is a treasure.”

Stay tuned for more One Read nominees throughout the month of December!

Suggested One Read: Americanah

Americanah book coverThe One Read reading panel will be sorting through the many titles that were suggested by our community for the 2020 One Read in a few short weeks. Meanwhile, we are continuing to highlight suggested titles so that you can see what others are reading.

Today’s suggested title is “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This love story begins in military-controlled Nigeria from where one of the protagonists is able to flee to the U.S. but, because of the restrictions put in place after 9/11, her lover is trapped and eventually finds himself an illegal immigrant in London. According to the nominator, “This contemporary novel is a bold, modern love story at heart but it encompasses manifold topics of interest including, migration, dislocation, individual and group identities, politics, stereotypes, race and racism both nationally (U.S.) and internationally.” The nominator goes on to say that this book “offers multiple opportunities for discussion of gender expectations and relations, generational differences, immigration, legacies of racism and how people of color experience racism in the U.S.”

Tune in next Tuesday for our next suggested One Read title!

Suggested One Read: The Uninhabitable Earth

Uninhabitable Earth book coverAlthough polls are now closed for nominating a book for One Read 2020, we will continue sharing nominations throughout the month of December.

Our next nomination is “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming” by David Wallace-Wells. The nominator had this to say, “this book explores what the world will look like as climate change ramps up in the not-so-distant future. It’s kind of a scary read, but also offers a lot of ideas on how we might work to reduce the effects of climate change. In these increasingly divided times, it also offers us a chance to figure out how to band together to make these changes. Despite the fear it brings, the book does end on a note of hope for what humanity can accomplish when we work together.”

Check back here on Thursday for the next nomination!


Suggested One Read: The Moment of Lift

Moment of Lift Book cover

We are highlighting more suggested titles through the rest of December while we are waiting for the One Read reading panel to work their magic. You can find the other titles suggested so far to see what other readers have nominated.

“The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” by Melinda Gates tells how she came to see in the connection between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. In Gates own words, “As women gain rights, families flourish, and so do societies. That connection is built on a simple truth: Whenever you include a group that’s been excluded, you benefit everyone. And when you’re working globally to include women and girls, who are half of every population, you’re working to benefit all members of every community. Gender equity lifts everyone.” The nominator of this book says that [t]his book will inspire you to look at every facet of your life and community and explore how to make it more equal.”

Suggested One Read: They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy book coverThough 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 2020.

The next book we will be looking at is “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and illustrated by Harmony Becker. This is a graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. The person who suggested this title stated, “I think this book would draw in a very diverse group of people. And, since history tends to repeat itself, now seems to be a particularly good time to revisit this part of our history.”

Stay tuned for more nominees throughout the month of December!