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Learn about the finalists for this year's One Read program

Sunday, May 19, 2013 | 3:40 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Daniel Boone Regional Library intends to announce the book selection Monday for this summer's One Read program.

The two finalists are "The Ruins of Us" by Columbia resident Keija Parssinen and "The Call" by Yannick Murphy.

Previous One Read selections

  •  2012 — “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht
  •  2011 — “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot
  • 2010 — “Await Your Reply” by Dan Chaon
  • 2009 — “The Air We Breathe” by Andrea Barrett
  • 2008 — “The Whistling Season” by Ivan Doig
  • 2007 — “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen
  • 2006 — “Tortilla Curtain” by T. C. Boyle
  • 2005 — “Ender's Game” by Orson Scott Card
  • 2004 — “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • 2003 — “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  • 2002 — “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf

Source: Daniel Boone Regional Library



According to the library's website, One Read is "a community-wide reading program sponsored by a task force of local media and community agencies." The library offers a variety of links related to both finalists, including previews of the books, reviews, links to the authors' web sites and interviews with the writers.

"The Ruins of Us" by Keija Parssinen

This One Read finalist is written by Parssinen, a Columbia resident who is the director of the Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop. According to the biography on her website, Parssinen was born in Saudi Arabia in 1980 and moved to the United States in 1992.

The Ruins of Us tells the story of an American woman named Rosalie who lives in Saudi Arabia with her husband and her two children and takes a look at "the loneliness of expatriatism and the immeasurable dangers of intolerance," according to a description of the book on Parssinen's webpage.

  • Here is a video of Parssinen talking about her experiences in Saudi Arabia and the inspiration behind writing the book:

"The Call" by Yannick Murphy

This book is written in the form of a log scribed by a New England veterinarian whose son is in a coma after a hunting accident. In its description of the book, the One Read panel writes, "In this highly original book, Murphy paints a quirky, reflective and warm portrait of small-town life that is both funny and deeply moving."

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.


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