One Book - One Lincoln - 2014
Here are the three finalists!

The Presidents Club cover image   The Light Between Oceans cover image   The Shadow of the Wind cover image

Vote for Your Favorite - Four Different Ways in 2014!
Vote for this year's One Book title!For the fifth straight year, Lincoln area readers are invited to help pick this year's One Book - One Lincoln winning title.

You can vote here on the libraries' web site with our online voting form:

Voting has ended for 2014
Vote via FacebookVisit the libraries' One Book - One Lincoln Facebook page, where you can vote for your favorite of the three titles by clicking "Like" on the photo of the cover of the book you're most interested in. Click below to jump to the specific book entries:

Light Between Oceans    Presidents Club    Shadow of the Wind

Vote via TwitterIf you are a Twitter user, on your own Twitter feed, you can vote for your favorite of the books by sharing a tweet or a twitpic and including one of the official hashtags below for the three finalists:

#obol2014presidents — The Presidents Club
#obol2014oceans — The Light Between Oceans
#obol2014shadow — The Shadow of the Wind

Vote for this year's One Book title!As always, you can also still vote via traditional paper forms at each library location.

Votes will be taken from May 26th through July 25th, 2014 in all formats. The winning title will be announced on September 2nd, along with a slate of special events/activities and opportunities for readers to gather and discuss the selected title.


Earlier this year, we accepted your nominations for our twelfth annual 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 194 nominated titles to choose the group of three finalists below -- two novels, one non-fiction title. This group of finalists was announced at a live event, sponsored by the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, at The Mill in the Haymarket on May 26th, as well as on the library web site. This year, you can attend preview discussions of the three finalists and vote (through July 25th, both online and at the libraries) for which book 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 three finalists and watch the Lincoln Journal Star, Facebook and this web site for further developments on One Book - One Lincoln - 2014.


And the three finalists for 2014 are...

The Presidents Club cover image

The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Must Exclusive Fraternity
by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy [973.92 Gib]


The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: Its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan win his first race in 1966. How Richard Nixon conspired with Lyndon Johnson to get elected and then betrayed him. How Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter turned a deep enmity into an alliance. The unspoken pact between a father and son named Bush. And the roots of the rivalry between Clinton and Barack Obama.

Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy offer a new and revealing lens on the American presidency, exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.

—  Publisher's official website for the book The Presidents Club and authors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy  —


[ The Presidents Club is available in the following formats: Book, Book Club in a Bag and Book-on-CD. ]


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The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman


After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them..

—  Publisher's website for the novel The Light Between Oceans and author M.L. Stedman  —


[ The Light Between Oceans is available in the following formats: Book, Book Club in a Bag, Large Type Book and Book-on-CD. ]


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The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find.

Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.

—  Shadow of the Wind page on Carloes Ruiz Zafon's official English-language author site  —


[ The Shadow of the Wind is available in the following formats: Book, Book Club in a Bag, Book-on-CD, Downloadable Audiobook and E-Book. ]



Curious about the 2014 One Book-One Lincoln program and the three finalists? Watch this video conversation to learn more!


Because you asked...

The master list of suggested titles presented to the selection committee was whittled down to 11 – a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction titles. Because readers have been curious, here are the other eight titles that made the top eleven (in alphabetical order by author):
book cover The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie [Alexie]

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

book cover Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai University
by Katherine Boo [954.053 Boo]

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.” But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

book cover Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death
by Katy Butler [155.937 But]

A blend of memoir and investigation of the choices we face when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of modern medicine.

book cover And the Mountains Echoed
by Khalen Hosseini [Hosseini]

Presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations. Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything.

book cover The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd [Kidd]

The story follows Hetty 'Handful' Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.

book cover George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger [973.4 Kil]

When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied--thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. Washington realized that he couldn't beat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were the members' identities that one spy's name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and one remains unknown today. But by now, historians have discovered enough information about the ring's activities to piece together evidence that these six individuals turned the tide of the war. Here, these spies finally take their place among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution.

book cover The Dinner
by Herman Koch [Koch]

Two couples meet for dinner at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam. Behind their polite conversation, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

book cover Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
by Maria Semple [Semple]

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.



Discussion Opportunities and Promotional Spots

Preview discussions were held at various Lincoln locations during June, featuring members of the One Book - One Lincoln Selection Committee. Committee members and a Lincoln City Libraries staff member will be on hand to talk about their experience serving on the committee, and about the three finalists. Paper ballots were available so that attendees could submit their vote for the 2014 One Book - One Lincoln selection. Dates and locations are listed below:

The One Book - One Lincoln finalists were discussed by library staff on the following radio stations and dates:

  • [ radio listings will be posted when confirmed -- please check back! ]

Library staff were also at the market booths at the following outdoor Lincoln events, answering questions about One Book - One Lincoln, the Summer Reading Programs for Children, Teens and Adults, and other library topics:

  • Jazz in June, Tuesday, June 3, 5:00 - 8:45 p.m. -- [Library staff were not at this week's Jazz in June due to the severe weather forecast]
  • Jazz in June, Tuesday, June 10, 5:00 - 8:45 p.m.
  • Jazz in June, Tuesday, June 17, 5:00 - 8:45 p.m.
  • Jazz in June, Tuesday, June 24, 5:00 - 8:45 p.m.


Book Club in a Bag!


Book Clubs and organizations now have the ability to check out several popular titles, including two sets of each of the three 2014 One Book - One Lincoln finalists above, 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.




Would you like to be kept up-to-date on One Book - One Lincoln news, and receive reminders about upcoming One Book - One Lincoln programming events? Would your book group or organization like a library staff member to facilitate a One Book - One Lincoln discussion?

If your answer to either of these questions is "yes," then please visit our sign-up form, and check off the appropriate boxes. Or, you may call the Lincoln City Libraries' One Book - One Lincoln staff contact at 441-8529.

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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 2013 [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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