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One Book, One Michiana

One Book, One Michiana begins in April 2022.

Every year in April, the community comes together to read and discuss one book together. We asked for your help to pick the next book and received over 500 responses!

2022 Book Choice

Just Mercy: A Story of of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson

In 1983, Stevenson, a 23-year-old law student, was starting an internship that involved assisting inmates on Alabama’s death row. This memoir, which often reads like a true crime novel, relates Stevenson’s experiences with several of his cases, primarily that of Walter McMillian, who was sentenced to death for a notorious murder that he could not have committed. Working with McMillian, Stevenson was put in contact with other non-death row inmates, many of whom had been in the prison system since they were teens, and he soon realized that many, especially the poor, were in desperate need of legal help. Stevenson eloquently highlights the stories of defendants who have been falsely imprisoned, and explains why justice and mercy must go hand-in-hand.

The Process

This year is the 12th annual One Book, One Michiana community reading program. Beginning in summer 2021, seven One Book Committee members began discussing over forty books from three different categories: modern fiction, classics, and nonfiction.

The committee unanimously agreed to select a nonfiction book this year. The goal was to choose a well-written, timely, and deeply meaningful work that provides insight and understanding through the author’s experiences. Committee members diligently read and discussed the books together. In June, they narrowed the list down to twelve, and in July, they chose the five final titles. With the help of community partners, the Library recruited eight community readers to read all five books and select the top three.

In September, the community readers met with the One Book Committee members to discuss the books, and they chose the three final titles. Finally, the community voted on the final three titles and chose the 2022 book.

72.9% – Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

10.8% – Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey

10% – Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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