We accepted your nominations for our fifteenth annual One Book – One Lincoln title, via drop boxes at all the libraries in January 2016, and via the libraries’ online nomination form on our web site throughout the year. All of your suggestions were forwarded to a special One Book – One Lincoln committee, comprised of representatives throughout the community, which evaluated the 151 nominated titles to choose the group of three finalists below — one novel, two non-fiction titles. This year, that committee also selected the winning title. This group of finalists – and the winner among them – was announced at a live event, sponsored by The Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, at The Mill in the Haymarket on May 30th, as well as on the libraries’ web site.
One Book – One Lincoln programs and discussions will be in June, July, August and September this year. We encourage you to read Being Mortal and watch the libraries’ website, Facebook, and the Lincoln Journal Star for further developments on One Book – One Lincoln – 2016.
In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending
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.
[ Being Mortal is available from the libraries in a wide variety of formats. ]
When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.
As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. Evocative of The End of Your Life Book Club and The Tender Bar, Hodgman’s New York Times bestselling debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son’s return.
“A remarkable, laugh-out-loud book . . . Rarely has the subject of elder care produced such droll human comedy, or a heroine quite on the mettlesome order of Betty Baker Hodgman. For as much as the book works on several levels (as a meditation on belonging, as a story of growing up gay and the psychic cost of silence, as metaphor for recovery), it is the strong-willed Betty who shines through.” —The New York Times
New York Times Bestseller | Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
[ Bettyville: A Memoir is available from the libraries in a wide variety of formats.. ]
Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990’s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings.
What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family’s destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions-economic, political, and religious-and the epic beauty of its own culture.
With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation’s masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.
[ The Fishermen is available from the libraries in a wide variety of formats. ]
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates [305.8 AfrYc]
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Joy Fowler [Fowler]
Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff [Groff]
Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall [B H1455]
Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf [Haruf]
Then Comes Marriage: United States V. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
by Roberta Kaplan [306.766 Kap]
by Jhumpa Lahiri [Lahiri]
A Thousand Acres
by Jane Smiley [Smiley]
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