One Book - One Lincoln
Here are the five finalists for 2010!
Winning title to be announced September 13th!

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Discussion Opportunities and Promotional Spots

Preview discussions were held at various Lincoln bookstores during June, featuring members of the One Book - One Lincoln Selection Committee. Committee members and a Lincoln City Libraries staff member were on hand to talk about their experience serving on the committee, and about the five finalists. Ballots were available so that attendees could submit their vote for the 2010 One Book - One Lincoln selection. Some of these preview discussions were recorded for release as podcasts -- watch our podcasts page for these shortly! Dates and locations are listed below.

The One Book finalists were discussed by One Book selection committee members and library staff on the following radio stations and dates:

Library staff will also be at the market booths at the following outdoor Lincoln events, answering questions about One Book - One Lincoln, the Summer Reading Programs and other library topics:


Earlier this year, we accepted your nominations for our ninth One Book - One Lincoln title, via drop boxes at all the libraries and here on this Web site. All of your suggestions were forwarded to a special One Book - One Lincoln committee, comprised of representatives throughout the community, which evaluated all the nominated titles to choose the group of five finalists below. This group of finalists was announced at a live event at The Mill in the Haymarket on May 31st, as well as on the library web site. This year, you could attend preview discussions of the five finalists and vote (through July 31st, both online and at the libraries) for which title you'd like to see as this year's selected One Book - One Lincoln title. In the meantime, the libraries have ordered additional copies of all of these titles, and 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 - 2010.

And the five finalists for 2010 are...

The Elegance of the Hedgehog cover image The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery

An enthralling international bestseller. We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. René, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, René is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building’s tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence. Then there’s Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. Paloma and René hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma’s trust and to see through René’s timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.
[The Elegance of the Hedgehog is available in the following formats: Book, Book Club in a Bag, Book-on-CD and Downloadable Audiobook.]

Tortilla Curtain cover image Tortilla Curtain
by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Winner of the Prix Medicis Etranger. Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.
[Tortilla Curtain is available in the following formats: Book, Book Club in a Bag, Book-on-CD and Downloadable Audiobook.]

Finding Nouf cover image Finding Nouf
by Zoe Ferraris

A captivating page-turner that vividly evokes Saudi Arabian society and introduces an original new hero.When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing and is found drowned in the desert outside Jeddah, Nayir -- a desert guide hired by her prominent family to search for her -- feels compelled to find out what really happened. Gentle, hulking, conscientious Nayir soon finds himself delving into the interior life of a wealthy, protected teenage girl in one of the most rigidly segregated of Middle Eastern societies.To gain access to the world of women, Nayir realizes he will have to join forces with Katya Hijazi, a lab technician at the coroner's office and the fiancé of Nouf 's brother. In the course of working with Katya and uncovering the mysteries of the dead girl's mind, Nayir must confront his own desire for female companionship -- and the limitations imposed by his beliefs. Finding Nouf offers an unprecedented glimpse of daily life in Saudi Arabia in a lyrical, character-driven, and immensely satisfying mystery. Like Mma Romotswe in Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling series, Nayir al-Sharqi is a completely new kind of detective, who is sure to captivate both our hearts and our minds.
[Finding Nouf is available in the following formats: Book, Book Club in a Bag and Book-on-CD. Anderson and Bethany Branch staff member Marcie G. discusses Finding Nouf, among others, in the podcast of her Stop - You're Killing Me! booktalk from September 18, 2009.]

Loving Frank cover image Loving Frank
by Nancy Horan

"I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current." So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America’s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney’s profound influence on Wright. Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horan’s Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamah’s is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novel’s stunning conclusion. Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, Loving Frank is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon, and their timeless love story.
[Loving Frank is available in the following formats: Book, Book Club in a Bag, Book-on-CD and Downloadable Audiobook. KZUM BookTalk regulars John and Kit Keller and Mary Jo Ryan discussed Loving Frank in an October 22, 2008 episode of their radio show, available now here on the Lincoln City Libraries site -- Loving Frank - KZUM's BookTalk.]

I Am a Man cover image I am a Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice
by Joe Starita [Biography Standing Bear]

In 1877, Chief Standing Bear's Ponca Indian tribe was forcibly removed from their Nebraska homeland and marched to what was then known as Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), in what became the tribe's own Trail of Tears. I Am a Man chronicles what happened when Standing Bear set off on a six-hundred-mile walk to return the body of his only son to their traditional burial ground. Along the way, it examines the complex relationship between the United States government and the small, peaceful tribe and the legal consequences of land swaps and broken treaties, while never losing sight of the heartbreaking journey the Ponca endured. It is a story of survival — of a people left for dead who arose from the ashes of injustice, disease, neglect, starvation, humiliation, and termination. On another level, it is a story of life and death, despair and fortitude, freedom and patriotism. A story of Christian kindness and bureaucratic evil. And it is a story of hope — of a people still among us today, painstakingly preserving a cultural identity that had sustained them for centuries before their encounter with Lewis and Clark in the fall of 1804. Before it ends, Standing Bear's long journey home also explores fundamental issues of citizenship, constitutional protection, cultural identity, and the nature of democracy — issues that continue to resonate loudly in twenty-first-century America. It is a story that questions whether native sovereignty, tribal-based societies, and cultural survival are compatible with American democracy. Standing Bear successfully used habeas corpus, the only liberty included in the original text of the Constitution, to gain access to a federal court and ultimately his freedom. This account aptly illuminates how the nation's delicate system of checks and balances worked almost exactly as the Founding Fathers envisioned, a system arguably out of whack and under siege today. Joe Starita's well-researched and insightful account reads like historical fiction as his careful characterizations and vivid descriptions bring this piece of American history brilliantly to life.
[I am a Man is available in the following formats: Book and Book Club in a Bag. Author Joe Starita read from this book as part of the John H. Ames Reading Series in April 2009 -- that episode is available to be checked out on DVD. Heritage Room curator Meredith discusses I am a Man, among others, in the podcast of her 25 Years of the Ames Reading Series booktalk from September 25, 2009. KZUM BookTalk regulars John Keller and Mary Jo Ryan discussed I Am a Man with author Joe Starita, in an April 8, 2009 episode of their radio show, available now here on the Lincoln City Libraries site -- I Am a Man - KZUM's BookTalk.]

Because you asked...

The master list of suggested titles was whittled down to 12 before the final five (above) were selected. Because readers have been curious, here are the other seven titles that made the top dozen (in alphabetical order by author):
book cover Rebecca
by Daphne DuMaurier

A young, inexperienced woman runs headlong into the haunting memory of her husband's first wife when she marries and joins him at his country home, Manderly.

book cover Still Alice
by Lisa Genova

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease.

book cover Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell [155.92 Gla]

The best-selling author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.

book cover Mountains Beyond Mountains
by Tracy Kidder [610.92 Kid]

This powerful and inspiring new book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”: as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.

book cover Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
by Nicholas Kristof [305.42 Kri]

Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential.

book cover The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women -- black and white, mothers and daughters -- view one another.

book cover Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

The twin sons of a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone are orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and father's disappearance, coming of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, bound together by a shared interest in medicine and forever divided by their love for the same woman.



The readers have spoken!

Vote for this year's One Book title!
For the first time in the nine years of the One Book - One Lincoln community reading project, readers were invited to help pick this year's selected title. Votes were taken from June 1st through July 31st, and the winning title will be announced in early September, along with a slate of special events/activities and opportunities for readers to gather and discuss the selected title.



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Book Club in a Bag!


Book Clubs and organizations now have the ability to check out several popular titles, including the five 2010 One Book finalists below, in a book club format. For each title, the Book Club in a Bag will contain 10 copies of that book as well as some starter discussion questions. Book Club in a Bag selections will be able to be checked out for 8 weeks but with no renewals. You can find out what additional titles are available in the Book Club in a Bag program by searching in the library catalog under Subject: Book Club in a Bag. New titles will be added to this service on a regular basis.



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

Visit our main One Book - One Lincoln archive site
See a master list of all the nominees for One Book - One Lincoln from 2002 to the present [in .pdf format]

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.


One Book - One Lincoln is a community reading program sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. 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.

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