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.
The results are in and the Lincoln Community has selected Remarkably Bright Creatures as the winner of One Book One Lincoln in its 22nd season!
This debut novel by Shelby Van Pelt introduces us to Marcellus, a singularly unique narrator. Marcellus is a Giant Pacific Octopus whose intelligence and human-like insight reaches far beyond the confines of his tank in the Sowell Bay aquarium. Readers have been charmed by his voice and connection to Tova, the aquarium custodian, who is struggling with her own grief, loneliness and life changes.
If you’d like to learn more about the themes in this book, check out the resources below.
Unusual/ Unique Narrators:
Stories of Loss and Grief
Books about Octopods
From the 2015 TEDxLincoln event: No Child Should Ever Grieve Alone
Refuge in Grief Instagram page
This year the Selection Committee chose 11 titles as finalists to be considered for the Top Three Titles that you will get to vote on over the summer. We were excited to unveil 2-3 of these finalists each week (in no particular order!), building up to our annual Memorial Day announcement of the Top Three Titles!
The 11 finalists:
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
The Other Mother by Rachel Harper
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Zhang
Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson
Volunteer for One Book One Lincoln!
Would you like to play a part in choosing next year’s One Book One Lincoln finalists? Applications to be part of the Selection Committee are accepted on a rolling basis. The One Book One Lincoln season runs from February-November so apply now!