Suggested One Read: How To Do Nothing

We are highlighting some of the titles that members of the community have suggested for next year’s One Read. The One Read reading panel is hard at work narrowing down the list to about 10 titles. The titles will be reviewed for adaptability and suitability for community-wide programming. You can learn more about the process and see past titles here.

How to Do NothingToday’s suggestion is “How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” by Jenny Odell. This is one of the many nonfiction suggestions this year. As the nominator put it, “After a year we stimulated ourselves nearly to extinction with news and social media, Odell has an idea how to recenter and find some joy.” From the jacket, “We live in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity. Odell delivers an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism. She shows readers that doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance — and how to become more meaningfully connected in the process.”

Stay tuned for more One Read suggestions!

Suggested One Read: The Nickel Boys

Welcome back, we had so many great suggestions for next year’s One Read program — over 200 responses! While we wish we could share them all, we’re just sharing a few nominations during the month of December.

The Nickel Boys book cover

The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead is based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousand of children. This is a “very accessible book with a compelling plot, based in historical events, and deals with social justice issues — great tie in to some very popular YA novels like “Dear Martin,” “The Hate U Give,” etc. would be a great book for adults and young adults alike. Would love to see a book for readers who maybe don’t see themselves as readers.”

Check out some of the other titles suggested for One Read 2021.


Suggested One Read: The Yellow House

The Yellow House book coverIn 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.

Today’s nomination is for “The Yellow House” by Sarah M. Broom, which tells the story of a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities, New Orleans. The nominator of this book had this to say, “every reader has a home in their past they vividly remember. I’m not sure any have been as vividly, imaginatively and pointedly remembered as this one.”

Check back on Friday for the next suggestion for One Read 2021!


Suggested One Read: The Hate U Give

Welcome back to another book suggestion for next year’s One Read.

The Hate U Give book coverToday’s suggested book is “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. The story is about Starr Carter who, after witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, is sent to a new “safe” school in a wealthy neighborhood, causing her to have to switch between the two worlds. Life gets even more complicated when she is intimidated by both the police and a local drug lord in order to find out the details of her friend’s death. This wonderful book has also been made into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg as Starr. The nominator said that “it sheds light on the dwindling economics of black communities.”

Be sure to check back on Wednesday for another suggested One Read!

Suggested One Read: Hood Feminism

Hood Feminism book coverWe are highlighting more suggested titles through the rest of December while we wait for the One Read reading panel to work their magic and narrow down the selection from the community suggestions.

The next book nomination we’ll be looking at is “Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot” by Mikki Kendall. The nominator had this to say: “it focuses on how feminism is more than white feminism and draws on other aspects of the community that need to be helped.” Kendall looks at a variety of topics that feminist should also focus on such as food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care.

Check back here on Monday for the next nomination we will be sharing.