|One Book - One Lincoln - 2004:
We're Down to Five!
The 2004 Nominees Have Been Announced!
Thanks for your nominations!Throughout the month of January 2004, we accepted your nominations for the third One Book - One Lincoln title, via drop boxes at all the libraries and on this Web site. All of your suggestions were forwarded to a special One Book - One Lincoln committee, which sifted through all the nominated titles to select the group of five finalists below. That group of finalists was announced in the Lincoln Journal Star and on this Web site on Monday, May 10, 2004. The final selection will be announced in August 2004. In the meantime, we encourage you to read any or all of the five finalists and watch the Lincoln Journal Star and this Web site for further developments on One Book - One Lincoln - 2004.
Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger
When Reuben Land's older brother Davy kills two marauders who have come to harm the family, the town is divided between those who see him as a hero and those who see him as a cold-blooded murderer.
Five Quarters of the Orange
by Joanne Harris
From the author of Chocolat. A literary concoction of tragedy, secrets, and the relationship between a daughter and her mother. Returning to the village of her childhood to run a cafe, Francoise Dartigen soon finds that hidden among her mother's recipes are clues that will lead her to the truth of long ago.
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
Follows a young girl who is taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters. As she enters their secret world of bees and honey, she discovers a place where she can find the single thing her heart longs for most.
Cry the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton
A beautifully told and profoundly compassionate story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s.
by Nebraska author Mari Sandoz
The classic biography of the author's immigrant/pioneer father, Jules Ami Sandoz. She presents her father Old Jules as a unique and capable pioneer and settler, while accurately describing the larger issues facing all settlers and pioneers of the Great Plains during the late 19th century.
The libraries own copies of many different editions of Old Jules. For a list of all editions click here.
Interested in past years' One Book - One Lincoln selections?In 2002, Plainsong, by former Lincolnite Kent Haruf, was chosen as our city's first One Book - One Lincoln selection. The citizens of Lincoln became familiar with a group of resilient rural Coloradans who were able to forge new and unexpected family bonds after their original family relationships fell apart. Attendees enjoyed five special programs tied in to the themes of Plainsong, joined over 40 organized book discussion groups at libraries and other locations around Lincoln, and a packed house of over 500 gathered for the grand finale to hear Haruf speak.
Last year, Ann Patchett's award-winning Bel Canto was chosen as the 2003 One Book - One Lincoln selection. Readers in the Capital City became enmeshed in the lives of terrorists and hostages alike in a small South American country, and gained an increased respect for the power of music to create bonds between the most unlikely of individuals. Over the course of more than two months, participants attended nine special events tied in to the themes of Bel Canto, and gathered with over 40 more book discussion groups at libraries, bookstores, community centers and coffee shops around Lincoln.
One Book - One Lincoln is a community reading program co-sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries and the Lincoln Journal Star. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience.A list of what other communities are reading for similar programs can be found on the One Book Reading Promotion Projects page on the Library of Congress Center for the Book Web site.
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One Book - One Lincoln - 2003: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
One Book - One Lincoln - 2002: Plainsong by Kent Haruf