One Book One Lincoln A joint venture of the Lincoln Journal Star and Lincoln City Libraries One Book - One Lincoln - 2005:
Here are the finalists...

The 2005 Nominees Have Been Announced!

Thanks for your nominations!

Throughout the month of January 2005, we accepted your nominations for our fourth 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 15-member One Book - One Lincoln committee, which sifted through all the nominated titles to choose the group of five finalists below. That group of finalists was announced in the Lincoln Journal Star and on this Web site on Sunday, May 22, 2005. The final selection will be announced late this Summer, with book discussion opportunities and numerous special programs scheduled for the Fall. 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 - 2005.

The Kite Runner cover image The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before. The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption.

The Green Mile cover image The Green Mile
by Stephen King

Set in the 1930s at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary's death-row facility, The Green Mile is the riveting and tragic story of John Coffey, a giant, preternaturally gentle inmate condemned to death for the rape and murder of twin nine-year-old girls. It is a story narrated years later by Paul Edgecomb, the ward superintendent compelled to help every prisoner spend his last days peacefully and every man walk the green mile to execution with his humanity intact. Edgecomb has sent seventy-eight inmates to their date with "old sparky," but he's never encountered one like Coffey -- a man who wants to die, yet has the power to heal. And in this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecomb discovers the terrible truth about Coffey's gift, a truth that challenges his most cherished beliefs -- and ours. Originally published in 1996 in six self-contained monthly installments, The Green Mile is an astonishingly rich and complex novel that delivers over and over again.

Local Wonders cover image Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps
by Nebraska author Ted Kooser

Nebraska's own Ted Kooser has given us a wonder, indeed, in this small quiet book. In case you don't know your Nebraska geography, the Bohemian Alps of the title are located north and west of the Lincoln area, and encompass such towns as Schuyler, Wahoo, Clarkson and Garland, where Kooser himself lives. This book is a collection of musings on the people and way of life in this distinct area. Here you will meet frog-hunting dogs, chickens living out a peaceful retirement and folks busy cleaning out their car-sheds. These stories celebrate the passing seasons, and lament the slow passing of a way of life.

Life of Pi cover image Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

This brilliant novel combines the delight of Kipling's "Just So Stories" with the metaphysical adventure of "Jonah and the Whale, " as Pi, the son of a zookeeper, is marooned aboard a lifeboat with four wild animals. His knowledge and cunning allow him to coexist for 227 days with Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

The Things They Carried cover image The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien

With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, The Things They Carried is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war. It is also a mirror held up to the frailty of humanity. Ultimately The Things They Carried and its myriad protagonists call to order the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive.

Interested in past years' One Book - One Lincoln selections?

Peace Like a River cover image Last year, Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger was our selected title. Participants became engrossed in a novel rich in setting, peopled by fascinating characters, and featuring miraculous events. When Reuben Land's older brother Davy kills two marauders who have come to harm the family, a town is divided between those who see him as a hero and those who see him as a cold-blooded murderer. [Visit our 2004 OBOL pages.]

Bel Canto cover image For 2003, 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. [Visit our 2003 OBOL pages.]

Plainsong cover image 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. [Visit our 2002 OBOL pages.]

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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