The nominations are in, and now it’s time for you to vote! The second annual One Big Grande Boca Book Club will be held in January, 2016. It will feature a non-fiction book chosen by the community from the nominations submitted by island readers.
January’s event will feature a talk and reading by the author who comes in first in the balloting, questions from the audience, and other exciting program elements, including performances by island actors and singers, and book-related videos
There is quite a group of award-winning authors to choose from. All of their stories are fascinating – and true. Purely by coincidence, three of the books are set during World War II. They tell tales of visionary and courageous American men in Britain before we entered the war; of a bold, magnetic, and cutthroat woman in the US Congress who toured the Western Front; and of an elephant-whisperer in Burma and the gentle, giant pachyderms he enlisted to help the Allies win the war. The other nominated book takes us back to the late nineteenth century, and leads us on a white-knuckle expedition to the North Pole.
The four books that made the shortlist, and excerpts from some reviews are:
• Citizens of London, The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson
Tom Brokaw said, “A great read about the small band of Americans and their courageous role in helping Britain through the darkest days of early World War II. I thought I knew a lot about this dangerous period, but Lynne Olson has taught me so much more.”
• Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Croke.
“I have to confess—my love of elephants made me apprehensive to review a book about their role in World War II, but as soon as I began to read Elephant Company, I realized that not only was my heart safe, but that this book is about far more than just the war, or even elephants,” said Sara Gruen of The New York Times Book Review.
• In the Kingdom of Ice, The Grande and Terrible Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides.
“Haven’t all great stories been told? Never underestimate the ingenuity of a first-rate author … The book is a marvelous nonfiction thriller.” – The Wall Street Journal
• The Price of Fame, The Honorable Clare Booth Luce by Sylvia Morris.
(If chosen, the author will be interviewed during the program by her husband, author Edmund Morris)
Liz Smith of the Chicago Tribue said, “What makes Price of Fame so riveting is that one literally doesn’t know what to make of Clare Boothe Luce … My jaw dropped over and over again …”
Deadline for voting is next Wednesday, April 22, at 5 p.m. You can cast your vote in person or online. Fill out the ballot at the bottom of this page and take it to the Library or the Friends office, or you can email your vote to the Library Foundation at JFCL@comcast.net.