1 Book 4 North Platte unveiled

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. It's a great day for book lovers in North Platte.

The "1 Book 4 North Platte" committee unveiled their book for 2019. The book is "A Warrior of the People" by Joe Starita.

It's about a Native American woman who became a doctor. The author is a Nebraskan who is a professor at UNL.

The "1 Book" program was started by Nancy Pearl of the Seattle Public Library in 1998 in hopes of encouraging everyone in Seattle to read the same book.

Since then the program has extended to 404 cities across the U.S.
Committee Member Sherry Polk says people can learn a lot from the resiliency of Susan La Flesche of whom the book is written.

"Susan had many benefactors. She lived with a white family so she could go to school," says Polk.

"The loneliness that she felt and the sacrifice that she made. She wanted to go home but she knew she shouldn't. Hers was pretty profound because medical school is a long haul and she graduated top of her class."

Polk says over 150 books were nominated. After Narrowing it down to 3 the committee chose "A Warrior of the People."