June 2011


The latest issue of Booklights celebrates 10 years of community reading, inspired by One Book, One Region.

Each year, a committee of librarians from within the eastern Connecticut region selects a single book around which to coordinate discussions, programs, author presentations, and more.

The 2011 selection is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Learn more about this book (as well as previous One Book, One Region selections) below. Find all of these titles on display in the Mitchell College Library.

Visit the One Book, One Region homepage to learn more!

2011 One Book, One Region Selection

By Jonathan Safran Foer

Format: print

View in the Library Catalog

New York Times Book Review

Interview with the Author from Mother Jones

Description from Houghton Mifflin
“Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar…” Read more including a reader’s guide…

Some controversy has emerged with respect to the originality of this work. Read one perspective here.

Also by Jonathan Safran Foer:
Eating Animals

2010 One Book, One Region Selection

By Tori Murden McClure

Format: print

View in the Library Catalog

Washington Post Book Review

Description from the Book’s Website
“…this is the true story of the first woman to row a boat alone across an ocean. If you [are] looking for a simple adventure story about a simple athlete, this book is not for you. There is nothing simple about Tori Murden McClure…” Read more…

2009 One Book, One Region Selection

By David Benioff

Format: print (on order) & downloadable audiobook

View in the Library Catalog

Excerpt from NPR

New York Times Book Review

Description from Penguin Group
“During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake…” Read more including excerpt…