One Book One Community at Matthews Library

OBOC logoThe title is announced in December.  In January read the book!  And during Library Lovers’ month in February the campaign kicks off with special events, author talks and book discussions hosted at area libraries to celebrate reading the title.  Each year’s selection is available at your local library and at most area bookstores. Are you reading?

Programming note for 2014: the OBOC campaign will kick off in February of 2014 not October!

Voting will begin in August 2014 for the 2015 OBOC title, so stay tuned for details!

*Special program: In May 2014, last year’s author, Steven Galloway, is coming to Lebanon County!  Tickets go on sale in February 2014 at Beth Israel Synagogue, 411 S. Eighth Street, Lebanon, PA, 17042. 

2014 One Book One Community Selection:

the worst hard time book coverThe Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story Of Those Who Survived The Great American Dust Bowl

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita serve as grim reminders of the destructive power of nature and the long term effects of a single storm.  In The Worst Hard Time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Timothy Egan brilliantly captures the untold story of the Dust Bowl, the decade of brutally punishing dust storms that ravaged the American High Plains during the Depression and became the most devastating weather event in American history, through the eyes of those who survived it.

At its peak, the Dust Bowl covered close to one hundred million acres, and more than a quarter of a million Americans were forced to flee their ruined homes.  Egan follows a diverse cast of individuals and families in communities across the affected region, weaving together the eyewitness accounts of survivors now in their eighties and nineties.  Egan captures the full drama, heroism, and terror of this unwritten chapter in the Greatest Generation, a time when the simplest thing in life–taking a breath–was a threat.  The Worst Hard Time is a testament to the power of human perseverance in the face of the most wretched of conditions, as well as a reminder that the environmental catastrophe of the Dust Bowl may be only a preview of what is in store for us in our ever-warming future.

Tim_EganJournalist and author of seven books, Timothy Egan was born in Seattle, Washington, where he lives today with his wife and two children.  A third generation westerner, he is a graduate of the University of Washington, has received numerous honorary doctorates, and is a New York Times best selling author.

In 2001 he received a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his part in a series called “How Race is Lived in America” that ran in the New York Times.  Once the paper’s Pacific Northwest correspondent, he now writes an opinion column for the paper.  Egan has received many awards for several of his titles, including the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (twice), the Washington State Book Award (twice), the Chautauqua Prize, a Carnegie Medal for Best Non-fiction Book, and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award.

The Worst Hard Times received the National Book Award for Non-fiction in 2006, was a New York Times best seller, and was both a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Notable Book of the Year.

You can visit the author’s personal blog here or his official website here.

Visit our online catalog to borrow a copy of The Worst Hard Time.

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