Submit your questions for Rachel now

Join us Thursday, July 30, at the Main Library for One Book, One Oak Park's closing celebration featuring a live, online interview with author Rachel Louise Snyder. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, and the video chat will begin at 7 pm. Submit your questions now to, and we'll add what you want to know to our list for Rachel. Can't make it to the Main Library that night? Watch from our website, live and throughout August directly from our home page.

What to read next

If you enjoyed What We’ve Lost Is Nothing by Rachel Louise Snyder, you might like:

  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. A captivating story about two people with little in common who find themselves catapulted into each other’s lives. Blending humor and heartbreak, Moyes crafts the perfect love story and demonstrates that life is worth living.
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell This novel explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the trade-offs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace.
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Forging a powerful bond in the mid-1970s that lasts throughout subsequent decades, six individuals pursue respective challenges into their midlife years, including an aspiring actress who harbors jealousy toward friends who achieve successful creative careers.
  • The Vacationers by Emma Straub. Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter’s high school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.
  • The Bone Tree by Greg Iles. Based on a real series of unsolved murders from the civil rights era in Louisiana, and the crusading journalist who uncovered the story, Iles’ novel shines a bright light of truth upon one of America’s darkest secrets. Iles’ compelling writing makes this complex tale of good versus evil a must-read for those who love thrillers or who want to learn a little bit of American history not normally taught in school.

What We've Lost... garnered most community votes

The community chose What We've Lost Is Nothing by Rachel Louise Snyder as this summer's One Book, One Oak Park title, casting close to 500 votes online and on paper at all library locations. In this debut novel set in Oak Park, a series of home invasions rocks a local neighborhood into examining hidden prejudices, the power of tolerance, and the evolving relationship between American cities and their suburbs.

What else was on the voting list

Titles here were compiled by library staff, exploring a theme you've told us matters most to the future of Oak Park, and put up for a community vote back in April. 
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs. A heartfelt and riveting biography of the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University, only to succumb to the dangers of the streets—and of one’s own nature—when he returns home.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. A National Book Award Finalist, this novel tells the story of a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity during the eerie days of civilization’s collapse.
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Winner of many notable awards, this book is an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.
  • This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education by Jose Luis Vilson. Rising from rookie math teacher to prominent teacher, this New York City author takes on education reform through his blog and writings about race, class, and education.
  • What's Wrong With You! by Omar Yamini. Local author’s autobiography takes readers through his 15 years in the Illinois prison system. A clear look at the reality of prison life and its harmful culture, this book details what needs to be understood about the reality of prison.

Connect with neighbors, family, and friends

  • We're hosting book group discussions (details under Upcoming One Book Events).
  • We're also hosting impromptu opportunities at all libraries to chat with us about the book. Look for our roving book discussion carts, and a library staff member to ask questions and share your thoughts.
  • Want to meet on your own? Download our custom book group discussion kit (PDF).
  • Log in to your library account now to request your copy of What We've Lost Is Nothing.

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