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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:57 pm

Voting starts August 1st to choose the 2020 Coronado Read. Over one hundred nominations have been whittled down to the five finalists featured below. Everyone is welcome to cast their vote at the library and other locations (from August 1st through September 13th).

Library staff and members of the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission tackled the large list of nominations with input from local book clubs. At a “Book Lover’s Brunch” on July 13th, representatives from book clubs across Coronado, whether affiliated with the library or not, were given a run down on the top titles and a chance to share their opinions. Now it’s time for the community to vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced at the Coronado Music Festival in September.

Nominated titles are in alphabetical order by author:

Red Notice:

A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder

This is a story about a Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune. Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it.

A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, “Red Notice” is the true story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life, (Non-fiction)

Killers of the Flower Moon:

The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI by David Grann

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. As more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. The newly created FBI took up the case and exposed one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history, (Non-fiction)


A Brief History of Humankind by Yuri Noah Harari

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Today there is only one, homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives and connect past developments with contemporary concerns. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves, (Non-fiction)

The Last Days of Night:

A Novel by Graham Moore

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history, and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer takes a case for client, George Westinghouse, who has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

In obsessive pursuit of victory, the lawyer crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison. As the lawyer takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem, (Fiction)

The Library Book by Susan Orlean:

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more.

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present, (Non-fiction)

Cast your vote in person at the library, Bay Books, and the Community Center, or online at: http://tiny.cc/puy29y. Coronado Reads activities and programs will take place beginning February 21, 2020. The Coronado Community Read is made possible by the Friends of the Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. The voting link is also available at the Library’s website: www.coronado.lib.ca.us and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission website: www.coronadoarts.com.

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