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One Book – One Lincoln – 2017 – Finalists

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Here are this year’s three finalists!

This year’s winning title will be announced online on the morning of Labor Day, September 4th, 2017!

We accepted your nominations for our sixteenth annual One Book – One Lincoln title, via drop boxes at all the libraries in January 2017, and via the libraries’ online nomination form on our web site throughout all of 2016 and January 2017. All of your suggestions were forwarded to a special One Book – One Lincoln committee, comprised of representatives throughout the community, which evaluated the 100 nominated titles to choose the group of three finalists below — all fiction titles. 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 29th, as well as on the libraries’ web site and social media platforms.

This year, we returned to having you, the public, vote on which of these three finalists you wanted to see as the 2017 One Book winner. Voting closed July 31st.

A series of discussions of each of the three One Book – One Lincoln finalists will be held in July and August. We encourage you to read any or all of these titles and watch the libraries’ website, Facebook, and the Lincoln Journal Star for further developments on One Book – One Lincoln – 2017.


Vote for Your Favorite – Four Different Ways again in 2017!
Computer classFor the first time since 2014, Lincoln area readers were once again 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 2017

Visit 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:

Moonglow| Homegoing | A Gentleman in Moscow

If 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:

#obol2017moonglow — Moonglow
#obol2017homegoing — Homegoing
#obol2017gentleman — A Gentleman in Moscow

As always, you could also still vote via traditional paper forms at each library location.

Votes were taken from May 29th through July 31st, 2017 in all formats. The winning title will be announced on Labor Day, September 4th, 2017.


And the three finalists for 2017 are…

By Michael Chabon [Chabon]

Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure–and the forces that work to destroy us.

In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home in Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at mid-century, and, above all, of the destructive impact–and the creative power–of keeping secrets and telling lies. It is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narrator’s grandfather and his grandmother, an enigmatic woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. It is also a tour de force of speculative autobiography in which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own imagination.

From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the “American Century,” the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.

Amazon Book Review, Spotlight Pick
Best Book of the Year, Wall Street Journal
Starred Review, Booklist
Starred Review, Library Journal

>— Publisher’s official website for the book Moonglow and Michael Chabon —<

[ Moonglow is available from the libraries in a wide variety of formats. ]

By Yaa Gyasi [Gyasi]

A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.

Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi’s magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer.

Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award
Winner of the NBCC’s John Leonard Award
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Time,, Harper’s Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the Skimm, Minneapolis Star Tribune, BuzzFeed

>— Publisher’s website for the novel Homegoing and author Yaa Gyasi —<

[ Homegoing is available from the libraries in a wide variety of formats. ]

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles [Towles]

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility –a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel

“Towles’s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends. With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia.” – The New York Times Book Review

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

“And the intrigue! … [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery… a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” –The San Francisco Chronicle

>— Publisher’s website for the book A Gentleman in Moscow and author Amor Towles —<

[ A Gentleman in Moscow is available from the libraries in a wide variety of formats. ]

The remaining titles on 2017’s “short list” of ten were:

Click here to listen to an audio podcast recording of One Book coordinator Katie M., giving a Books Talk presentation on May 12 2017 about the Top Ten Nominees.

by Louise Erdrich [Erdrich]

The Last Days of NightThe Last Days of Night
by Graham Moore [Moore]

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things
by Jodi Picoult [Picoult]

Miller's ValleyMiller’s Valley
by Anna Quindlen [Quindlin]

The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion [Simsion]

Hillbilly ElegyHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance [Biography Vance]

This is Where You BelongThis is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live
by Melody Warnick [155.94 War]

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