Lincoln City Libraries today announced the top three finalists for its 2014 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. The program, which began in Lincoln in 2002, encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The finalists are:
The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Must Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place. Its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history's favor.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the "cemetery of lost books," a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out La Sombra del Viento by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find.
The public was invited to nominate books for the program, and 194 titles were submitted. A selection committee of 17 community readers worked for two months to pare down the list to three finalists. The community is now invited to vote for the final book. Ballots are available at all Lincoln City Libraries locations and at lincolnlibraries.org. Votes are also being accepted via Facebook and Twitter. All votes must be received no later than Friday, July 25. Copies of the finalists are available at Lincoln City Libraries and local bookstores.
More information about the program is available at lincolnlibraries.org.