Be a part of choosing the book for the 2014 One Read program. The two finalists will be announced on April 14, and you can cast your vote here at oneread.org or any library building through May 2. On May 20, we’ll announce the winner!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about just a handful of the more than 100 titles local readers have suggested for One Read 2014. The final book we will highlight here is Daniel Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” This book will appeal to sports fans and anyone else who loves emotionally-charged writing and rooting for the underdog.
“The Boys in the Boat” follows the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew, made of up working-class young men, as they pursue their dreams of winning Olympic gold. Our nominator calls this book, “a great story of perseverance against the backdrop of the Depression and the rise of Nazi Germany. [It has] great character development, a good story, and it’s well written.”
See what other area readers have read and loved this year, and thank you for being a part of One Read.
It 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!
With her debut novel “The Coldest Winter Ever,” first published in 1999, hip-hop artist and activist Sister Souljah spawned the new genre of urban fiction. Gritty, realistic and often raw, these works typically feature African-American main characters in a contemporary setting and deal with relationships, violence and street life. In this groundbreaking book, Santiaga, the daughter of one of Brooklyn’s most powerful drug kingpins, uses her own weapons – including sex and an aggressive attitude – to stay on top after her father’s empire is threatened by a drug war.
Our nominator describes this novel as “one of the first works of African-American fiction incorporating love, real struggles, crime and morality.” This reader believes it would make a great community read because “it sends subliminal messages of worth while lighting the flame to seek knowledge through one girl’s story. I loved and hated the characters, yet I can see how all races can grow to understand how to educate and relate to the young, urban African-Americans in our communities through her novels, thus seeing [these young people] as an asset and not a liability.”
Read about other books nominated for One Read 2014.