The fifteenth annual One Book – One Lincoln community reading program began on May 30, 2016, with the announcement of Atul Gawande’s engaging and thought-provoking non-fiction book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, as the selected title for 2016. The scheduled events of One Book — One Lincoln — 2016 will take place throughout this summer.
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.
Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end..”
Amazon “Book of the Month” (October 2014)
The two “runners up” in the top three for One Book – One Lincoln – 2016 are:
Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman [Biography Hodgman]
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma [Obioma]
Click Here to visit the the official One Book – One Lincoln Finalists page for more detailed information about the Top Three titles — the rest of the Top Eleven titles for 2016 were announced in July!
One Book One Lincoln on 5 City TV’s City Focus program:
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 reading and discussion experience.
The idea of city-wide reading programs started in Seattle in 1998 with the program “If All Seattle Read the Same Book” initiated by the Washington Center for the Book, located at the Seattle Public Library. The Library of Congress’ Center for the Book reports that “One Book” programs have been introduced across the U.S.A. and around the world.
This is Lincoln’s 15th straight year of the program. Since 2002, the citizens of Lincoln and the surrounding communities have been encouraged to read the same book each fall, and participate in special programming and book discussions. Each year, readers in Lincoln have been invited to nominate titles for consideration for that year’s selected title. You can see an archive of the previous fourteen years’ worth of One Book – One Lincoln selections at our One Book main page (although some of the individual pages for previous years are still being converted for use on the Lincoln City Libraries’ current web site design!).
Lincoln City Libraries reference staff have compiled a list of additional resources about Being Mortal and Atul Gawande.
So you want to have a One Book – One Lincoln discussion group for Being Mortal, or another of this year’s finalists, but you don’t have a discussion leader? During June, July and August and beyond, Lincoln City Libraries staff will be available to organizations, businesses and clubs interested in hosting a discussion group. Visit our Finalists page, to request a book discussion leader via our online form, or for further information, call Lincoln City Libraries at 402-441-8503.
Several special programs are being scheduled at various locations during June, July or August, with ties to the themes and events of Being Mortal. You can see descriptions at this year’s One Book – One Lincoln Programs and Events page!
A call for nominations from the community in 2015 through end of January 2016 resulted in 210 nominations for 151 different titles being received. The general criteria for the title included:
A selection committee with community-wide representation was formed, which narrowed the list down to an eleven title shortlist, and ultimately to both the Top Three Finalists and ultimate winner, which were announced to the public on Memorial Day 2016. The “Top Eleven” list will be announced later this summer.
Members of the selection committee included:
Interested in past years’ One Book – One Lincoln selections?
Visit our main One Book – One Lincoln archive site [data from past years is still being converted for archiving on our new web site!]
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.