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Chicago chooses A Mercy

The Chicago Public Library has announced its 16th pick for the “One Book, One Chicago” city-wide book club: Toni Morrison’s latest novel, A Mercy.

“Professor Morrison is an American icon, and one of our most important writers and intellectuals,” said Commissioner Mary Dempsey. “The beautifully written A Mercy, just as the award-winning Beloved did before, provides an important exploration into American slavery and its effect on lives in the earliest days of our nation.”

Programming for this fall’s “One Book, One Chicago” book will include a staged reading with Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble members; genealogy workshops at various Library locations; and a film screening and discussion of Toni Morrison’s earlier novel, Beloved, starring Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey.

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The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights to read Gardens of Water

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights program has just selected Alan Drew’s novel Gardens of Water for their “One Book, One Community” read.

Set in a small town outside Istanbul, this “remarkable” (New York Times Book Review) novel tells the story of a man and his family whose lives are thrown into chaos when the earthquake of 1999 destroys their home and way of life. When his daughter falls in love with an American boy whose father intercedes to help, the tensions between two cultures, two fathers, two faiths, explode.

The book has been previously selected as a “One Book, One Story” read in Pasadena, California and is a School Library Journal Best Adult Books for High School Students 2008.

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Morrie to Ole Miss: University of Mississippi will read Tuesdays with Morrie

The University of Mississippi has selected First-Year Reading favorite, Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson, for its common reading program.

The book has been previously selected by Concordia University, SUNY-New Paltz, University of Buffalo,  University of North Dakota, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, among other colleges. It was also a community read for the “One Book, One Springfield” program in Springfield, Massachussetts.

After learning of his former professor’s terminal illness, author Mitch Albom flew to Brandeis University, reunited with his old friend, and returned every Tuesday thereafter to visit with him. Morrie Schwartz turned these visits into one final “class”: a lesson in how to live. This book chronicles their time together.

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