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More Good News for Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey!

Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey is one of three finalists for the 2012 One Book, One Denver program.  The winner will be chosen by popular vote before June 22. Even more good news, Enrique’s Journey has also been selected as the First-Year Experience title for both Cabrini College in Philadelphia and University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. All incoming freshmen at both colleges will be reading this book for the Fall of 2012.

More than 50 colleges and seven cities have chosen Enrique’s Journey for their common or one city reads. Many colleges select the book because it goes beyond a platform to talk about immigration. While encouraging global awareness, the book provides broad and deep discussions of large themes students grapple with: loss and hope, survival, community, family, diversity, and redemption. Students relate to a boy close to their own age who steels himself with great determination to get through difficult circumstances.

For a full list of schools that have adopted Enrique’s Journey, and related teaching guides and videos, visit Sonia Nazario’s website.

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Dayton, Ohio to delve into The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!

Community members of Dayton, Ohio will soon be delving into the New York Times bestseller and new common reading favorite, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The book, which chronicles the life of the woman who changed science when her cells (taken without her knowledge) began to be used in medical research, has been chosen as the Dayton Metro Library’s Big Read for 2011. The selection was announced following an online vote in which residents of the city could choose between one of three books.

Read more about the Dayton Metro Library’s Big Read selection here.

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What librarians are saying about the Random House, Inc. One Book, One Community catalog…

 

Random House Library Services recently received some wonderful feedback about their One Book, One Community catalog and recommended books. Carrie Reich, Director of the Martin Library at The Art Institute of York – Pennsylvania says:

I was looking through your catalog of One Book, One Community suggestions and was intrigued by several titles….One of my favorite OBOC [One Book, One Community] books we’ve done in the last several years was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and I can definitely say it was a perfect book for the program. I also saw in the catalog quite a few titles that made it to our short list for next year and many that are already on my to-read list… So it looks like you may have a pretty reliable selection team on staff as these seem like excellent suggestions, based on our success with and fondness of several of them already!  Thank you for sharing this resource!

If you have not yet picked up the One Book, One Community catalog, you may e-mail library@randomhouse.com to request a copy. The catalog is also available in PDF format here.

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Dark Tide to wash over Boston

Last week, Random House Library announced Boston’s first ever city-wide read selection: Stephen Puelo’s Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.

Read the announcement here.

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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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San Francisco will read Zeitoun

Another city, another great adoption!

San Francisco’s One City, One Book read for 2010 will be Dave Egger’s New York Times Notable Book, Zeitoun. It is a true story of one family caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.

Visit the One City, One Book website to learn more about the program.

To request a copy of the new Random House, Inc. One Book, One Community catalog, e-mail library@randomhouse.com.

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Spotlight on Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

If your common reading committee is looking for a work of fiction that combines history with narrative and highlights issues still relevant today such as racism and injustice, consider Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

The novel has been adopted as common reading at Gustavus Adlophis University (St. Peter, MN) as well as Schenectady One County, One Book (Schenectady, NY) and Coeur d’Alene Library “Our Region Reads” (Coeur d’Alene, ID). Winner of the Literature Award – Fiction for the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), it tells the story of a young Chinese boy and Japanese girl growing up in Seattle’s Japantown during World War II.

…A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don’t repeat those injustices. Kirkus Reviews

Ford expertly nails the sweet innocence of first love, the cruelty of racism, the blindness of patriotism, the astonishing unknowns between parents and their children, and the sadness and satisfaction at the end of a life well lived. The result is a vivid picture of a confusing and critical time in American history. Recommended for all fiction collections.” – Library Journal

To learn more about author Jamie Ford and his debut novel visit his website.

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