Monday, July 28, 2008

All Iowa Reads

Need a good suggestion so that you can finish your reading log for the Adult Summer Reading Program? How about one of the All Iowa Reads selections?

Haven't heard about All Iowa Reads? This program of the Iowa Center for the Book, State Library of Iowa, is now in its 6th year. The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year. For more information about All Iowa Reads, click here.

Digging to AmericaCarnegie-Stout Public Library will host a discussion of the 2008 selection, Digging to America by Anne Tyler, on Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor rotunda.

Tyler's novel tells the story of two families who meet at the airport where they are adopting Korean infants. The Donaldson family is as all-American as they come. The Yazdans are recently arrived Iranian immigrants. Digging to America uses the story of the families' growing friendship to explore what it means to be American, what it means to belong, and what makes someone an outsider. Each chapter is told from a different perspective, but centers on the main character, Maryam Yazdan, the grandmother in the Iranian family. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk a month before the discussion.

Previous All Iowa Reads selections were:
2007. Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio by Jeffrey Kluger
2006. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
2005. The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
2004. Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken
2003. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Hurry! Completed reading logs must be returned to the Information Desk by August 4, 2008.

~ Betty, Adult Services

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