2024 One Book, One Michiana

Every year in April the community comes together to read and discuss one book. We ask for your help to select the next book! Voting will be open through midnight on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande 

Being Mortal is an exploration on aging. It examines our current practices and attitudes, as well as the importance of dying with compassion and dignity. Reflecting on his own experience, the author, an American surgeon, contends that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end.

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay 

The Book of Delights is a collection of essays highlighting the everyday small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Beginning on his 42nd birthday, Gay writes about one delight he experiences each day. Finding what delights us is what connects us. He opens up even further by sharing his own experiences and feelings about living in the United States as a Black man.

What Happened to You? by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey  

What Happened to You discusses the impact of trauma and adversity in our lives. Re-framing the question “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” opens the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

The Process

This year is the fourteenth annual One Book, One Michiana community reading program. Beginning in summer 2023, several One Book Committee members began discussing books from different categories.

Committee members diligently read and discussed the books together. 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, community members will vote on the final three titles and chose the 2024 book.

Previous titles

2023 -Flamer

2022 – Just Mercy
2021 – True Grit
2019 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
2018 – The Distance Between Us
2017 – Devil In a Blue Dress
2016 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2015 – The Night Circus
2014 – Frankenstein
2013 – Killer Angels
2012 – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
2011 – Rocket Boys
2010 – To Kill a Mockingbird

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