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One Book, One Michiana

2022 voting has begun!

Every year in April, the community comes together to read and discuss one book together. We need your help to pick the next book! Vote for one of the three options below.

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.

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Through the pages of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates seamlessly weaves his personal, historical and intellectual development into a letter penned to his son. He writes about the tragedy and truth of the black experience and what it means to inhabit a black body in America. He describes with unflinching honesty the plight of the black male in this country and how our communities are affected by that. Between the World and Me offers a powerful new framework for understanding how our nation’s history and current crisis are intertwined.

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

by Natasha Trethewey

Former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey’s beautifully written memoir recounts a heartbreaking narrative of personal trauma, memory, grief, and resilience. Born in 1966 in Mississippi to a black American mother and white Canadian father, Trethewey recalls racism, hostility and threats to her family in the segregated South, while struggling to find her own place in the world. After her parents divorce when she was six, she and her mother move to Atlanta to begin a new life. There, her mother marries a psychologically unstable Vietnam War veteran who becomes increasingly abusive, culminating in her tragic murder on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985. Having repressed these painful memories for over three decades, Trethewey writes of the lasting aftermath of the tragedy and how surviving the trauma has shaped her own life.

The Process

This year is the eleventh 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 listed above. Now, it’s your turn to make your voice heard. You can help choose the next One Book, One Michiana title.

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