One Book One Lincoln is a community reading project 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.
Amor Towles proves to be a favorite of Lincoln readers again! His coming-of-age novel, The Lincoln Highway, has made him the first two-time winner of the One Book One Lincoln community reading program! (Information is still available about the 2017 One Book One Lincoln program featuring A Gentleman in Moscow.)
A stark departure from his previous work, A Gentleman in Moscow, The Lincoln Highway begins in rural Nebraska and spans ten days in 1954. Emmett Watson’s father has died and his mother is long gone when he returns home after serving time at a work-farm for manslaughter. He plans to retrieve his younger brother and set out in search of a new life. Unbeknownst to Emmett, two friends from the work-farm have stowed away in the warden’s car and have an entirely different plan for Emmett. What follows is an epic journey filled with wit, adventure and characters who embody grit, integrity and determination. Check out The Lincoln Highway and discover why Lincolnites love Amor Towles.
If you’d like to learn more of the backstory behind the writing of The Lincoln Highway, including Duchess’s family recipe for Fettuccine Mi Amore, Amor Towles has this Question and Answer page.
Host your own discussion group for The Lincoln Highway with these discussion questions. Most library locations also have study rooms you are welcome to use for your discussion group. Contact individual locations for availability.
Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the era of The Lincoln Highway with this specially curated Spotify playlist!
For more information on America’s first cross-country roadway, visit the Lincoln Highway Association website.
Check out our other print and digital materials about the Lincoln Highway available through Lincoln City Libraries!
The other nominees for this year’s One Book One Lincoln Community Reading Program were:
Sparks Like Stars
Sitara and Aryana Zamani fled Afghanistan in the wake of the 1978 revolution. 30 years later, Aryana returns to discover who murdered her family during the coup that ended her childhood.
Hell of a Book
An African-American author sets out on a cross-country book tour to promote his bestselling novel, shadowed by a young boy named Soot. This is a story of the love of family, art and how to find light, in even the darkest places.