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Meet the candidates for the 2016 One Book One Community title! One Book, Your Vote will be held August 1-31, 2015. Visit the library or visit the OBOC website to enter your vote.
Inspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké, Kidd paints a moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery. Sarah, daughter of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, exhibits an independent spirit and strong belief in the equality of all. Thwarted from her dreams of becoming a lawyer, she struggles throughout life to find an outlet for her convictions. Handful, a slave in the Grimké household, displays a sharp intellect and brave, rebellious disposition. She maintains a compliant exterior, while planning for a brighter future. Told in first person, the chapters alternate between the two main characters’ perspectives, as we follow their unlikely friendship (characterized by both respect and resentment) from childhood to middle age. (Booklist Review)
Once on the brink of virtually disappearing only decades ago; the family farm has recently enjoyed a resurgence due to the popularity of organic livestock and produce. Disenchanted with a looming desk job and eager to save his family’s multigenerational Shenandoah Valley farm, Pritchard celebrated his mid-1990s college graduation by rolling up his sleeves and brainstorming to find ways of keeping his parents’ 400-plus acres of land from being portioned off to agribusinesses. This engaging first-person account is filled with gentle humor and colorful anecdotes about the false starts and pitfalls Pritchard faced before finally settling on raising grass-fed cattle and sheep. Desperate to improve on the tiny profits the farm was making selling corn, Pritchard tried marketing firewood, then chickens, then beef, running a gauntlet of sometimes comical challenges, including broken-down farm equipment and his father’s attempt to sell frozen chickens from his D.C. office. Anyone who has been bit by the farming bug will find lessons aplenty here, while urban readers will enjoy a vicarious slice of farm life. – Carl Hays (Booklist Review)
Just like a small stream, a thread of commonality runs through this futuristic novel. Arthur Leander, a movie actor trying to revive his career, dies of a heart attack while on stage performing King Lear, and as all roads lead to Rome, all the storylines here come back to Arthur. Shortly after his death, a pandemic virus destroys most of the Earth’s population, ending the modern electrical-dependent civilization we know. The surviving characters have to live without electrical lights, cell phones, iPads and all the rest to which they have become accustomed. A travelling troupe of Shakespearean troubadours and musicians brings the story full circle and ties the remaining communities together. Could you live your life stranded in a deserted airport or traveling on foot from one small community to another? Summary by Kathy Hale, OBOC Selection Committee
Before the Selma march, before Birmingham Sunday, before the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech, nine black high school students volunteered to integrate the Little Rock High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was 1957. This memoir is the story of one of those nine children and what they all endured in that year — the unrelenting bullying and physical brutality faced with indifference by the faculty and staff as to what was happening to them. This book is the most important and memorable one you will read about the civil rights movement from someone who survived that year. Summary by Betsy Fordon, OBOC Selection Committee Member
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