One Book One Region


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The One Book, One Region selection for 2012

By Geraldine Brooks

Formats: print and downloadable ebook

Author’s Website

New York Times Book Review

Publisher Description
Living in the isolated Puritan settlement of Great Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard, Bethia Mayfield, the bright young daughter of the local minister, balances her strict religion with a passionate love of nature and a growing curiosity about the culture of the Wampanoag tribe that populates the island. When Bethia secretly strikes up a friendship with a young Wampanoag named Caleb, she unknowingly begins a journey that will shape her life. Read more…

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…

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