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One Book: Grow Your Community Catalog 2012

One Book: Grow Your Community Catalog 2012

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 What is the goal of your program?
Perhaps, as with many libraries, it’s to address a particularissue, such as multiculturalism, racism, or economic injus-tices, for instance. Others have looked at the project as away of highlighting a local author. Still others have seen thisas an opportunity to acquaint readers with books they mightnot ordinarily discover on their own. Once you’ve articulatedthe goal of the program, you’ll find that choosing a book thatfits those goals suddenly becomes much easier.
 What is your library’s capacity for program-ming and how much money do you have tospend on the project?
 The answer to this two part question is important to thinkabout carefully, because it will determine just how much youcan realistically do. It’s irresistible to dream about bringingin the author of the book you select, but that takes a lotmore money (and planning time) than concentrating on bookdiscussions and public programs with local people. As youfigure out your budget, remember that the success of theprogram will in some ways depend on the amount of public-ity you do, so be sure to include printing costs (for postersand discussion guides, for example) in your budget.
How much collaboration with other commu-nity groups, schools, museums, etc. do youwant to do?
 As you answer this question, keep in mind that collabora-tion has its plusses and minuses—it will makeeveryone’s workload lighter and probablyguarantee larger turnouts at programs, butit will often complicate the various is-sues that will inevitably arise, includingselecting the book. Large committeeswork best when the chairperson isnot a micromanager and is willing todelegate and divide the tasks thatneed to be done.
 What kind of book should you pick, and howshould you go about selecting it?
What I’ve found is that the best books for book discussions—whether it be for the neighborhood soccer moms who gettogether once a month or for community wide readingprojects—have certain characteristics in common. First, thebook needs to be eminently, or, even better, compulsively,discussable. It should be a book that offers readers differentways of understanding or interpreting the actions of the maincharacter. What you’re going to be discussing is everythingthat the author hasn’t told you, so you want to select a bookthat encourages you to read between the lines. It alwayshelps if the ending of the novel is somewhat ambiguousor books in which the main character is forced to make adecision that will provoke strong agreement or disagreementwith the readers or books that challenge our complacency orare controversial or disturbing in subject matter.Or consider books that have a particular meaning for yourcommunity. The committee planning the first “One Book,One Community” project for the Indianapolis-Marion CountyPublic Library asked for nominations from the community andthey received almost 1,000 separate titles from enthusias-tic readers, who took the time to write reviews about theirchoices. A committee made the final selection, an older titlethat was both uniquely right for Indiana residents and hadresonated with current events: Jessamyn West’s
The Friendly Persuasion
. Not only was the author from Indiana, but thebook takes place during the Civil War years in the state,and offers much food for thought as it profiles a communityin crisis.Or perhaps there’s a local author whose work isparticularly relevant and therefore makes agood book for the project.Sometimes committees narrow down theirchoice to a few books and let the publicvote on the final selection. Whateverbook you choose, and however youselect it, make sure it has enough“meat” to sustain a discussion thatrises above the level of “did you likethe book or not?”
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OMMUNITY READING PROJECTS BENEFIT A LIBRARY
 
Community Reading projects position the library as a major player in the cultural life of a community. The library is no longer simply a place to come to use the computers, or to find information, or themost recent bestseller (all vital aspects of the library’s mission in themselves, of course); rather, the librarybecomes a destination for people who are interested in discussing books, a venue for author visits and forother cultural and humanities programs. One Book, One Community projects are an excellent way to startbuilding a community of readers that finds its home base in the library.
Nancy Pearl 
 
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Kingsley AmisIntroduction by Keith Gessen
Lucky Jim
One of the most celebrated comic novelsof all time, particularly known for its famedhangover scene. It’s the story of Jim Dixonwho begrudgingly endures the mediocrity of provincial, collegiate life, until he can take it tono longer and lets forth on one of the funniest,and ultimately successful, rebellions of all time.“Remarkable for its relentless skewering of artifice and pretension,
Lucky Jim
also containssome of the finest comic set pieces in thelanguage.” —Olivia Laing,
The Observer 
 
978-1-59017-575-0
| $14.95 US l New York Review Books l TR | Fiction
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978-1-59017-575-0
 Aimee Bender
The Particular Sadness ofLemon Cake:
 A Novel
Rose Edelstein at age nine discovers she hasa magical gift: she can taste the emotionsof the person who makes her food. She dis-covers this gift to her horror as her mother’shomemade lemon-chocolate cake tastes of despair and desperation. This gift and cursemakes food a peril for the rest of her life and athreat because it reveals her mother’s life out-side the home, her father’s detachment, thevoid that is her brother. A luminous tale aboutthe difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much aboutthem.
Los Angeles, CA
Winner: ALA ALEX Award
978-0-385-72096-0
| $15.00/$17.00C | Anchor | TR | Fiction
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978-0-385-53322-5 |
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CD: 978-0-307-73715-1 |
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AD: 978-0-307-73716-8
Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street
 Through a series of vignettes, Cisneros tellsthe story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girlgrowing up in the Latino section of Chicago,whose neighborhood is one of harsh realitiesand harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want tobelong—not to her rundown neighborhood,and not to the low expectations the world hasfor her.
San Antonio, TX 
978-0-679-73477-2
| $10.95/$12.99C | VintageTR | Fiction
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CD: 978-0-7393-2279-6 |
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AD: 978-0-7393-2281-9
SELECTED BY:
Chicago, IL, The State of Arkansas; Commerce, Escondido, CA; Los Angeles,CA; Pico Rivera, CA; Sonoma County, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Miami, FL; Multnomah County,OR; Brazo Valley, TX; College Station-Bryan, TX; El Paso, TX; Milwaukee, WI
Ernest Cline
Ready Player One
“Willy Wonka meets the Matrix” (
USA Today 
)in this jaw-droppingly cinematic debut that’spart virtual space opera, part classic coming-of-age story—and part brilliant pop-culturemash up. It’s the year 2044, and—like mostof humanity—Wade Watts vastly prefers theonline utopia known as the OASIS to an in-creasingly grim, poverty-stricken real world.Like most of humanity, Wade dreams of beingthe one to discover the ultimate lottery ticketthat lies concealed within this virtual reality.Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pittedagainst thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimateprize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions—andthat will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.
Winner: ALA ALEX Award
978-0-307-88744-3
| $14.00 $17.00C| Broadway | TR | Fiction
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978-0-307-88745-0 |
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CD: 978-0-307-97006-0 |
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AD: 978-0-307-91316-6
 Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers:
 A Novel
In Victorian times, the language of flowers
 
was used to express a wide range of roman-tic emotions. But for Victoria Jones, it’s beenmore useful in communicating things likegrief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhoodspent in the foster care system, she is unableto get close to anybody, and her only solaceis in flowers and the meanings they convey.But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor atthe flower market for Victoria to realize what’sbeen missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she’s forcedto confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it’s worthrisking everything for a second chance at happiness.
www.CamelliaNetwork.org
 
Cambridge, MA
978-0-345-53798-0
| $15.00/$18.00C | Ballantine | TR
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978-0-345-52556-7 |
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CD: 978-0-307-87895-3 |
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AD: 978-0-307-87896-0
 Alan Drew
Gardens of Water:
 A Novel
Set in a small town outside Istanbul, Drew’s“remarkable” (
NYTBR
) novel tells the story of a man and his family whose lives are throwninto chaos when the earthquake of 1999destroys their home and way of life. When hisdaughter falls in love with an American boywhose father intercedes to help, thetensions between the two cultures, two fa-thers, two faiths, explode.
Cincinnati, OH
978-0-8129-7844-5
| $14.00/$16.50CRH Trade Paperbacks | TR | Fiction
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978-1-58836-680-1 |
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CD: 978-1-4159-4675-6 |
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AD: 978-1-4159-4676-3
SELECTED BY:
Pasadena, CA - One City, One Story
KEY 
 
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E-Book
 
Spanish
 
Discussion Guide Available
 
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