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One Community, One Book

A Community Reading Project

One Community-One Book: All Johnson County Reads is a community-wide reading project that annually runs from the middle of September through the middle of November. The book is selected by a committee and announced in the Spring preceding the reading project.

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One Community, One Book 2013

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala-crazy-but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

Discussion

Join us for a discussion of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in meeting room E (2nd floor).
Visit http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=26891 for additional information.

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One Community, One Book 2012

The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to the United States, but their experiences remain largely unknown. Driven to tell her family's story after her grandmother's death, Kao Kalia Yang's memoir is a tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them together through their imprisonment in Laos, their narrow escape into Thailand's Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, their immigration to St. Paul when Yang was only six years old, and their transition to life in America. It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard.

Discussion

Join us for a discussion of The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in meeting room B.
Visit http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=22455 for additional information.

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One Community, One Book 2011

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

The true story of one family, caught between America's two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family's unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.

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One Community, One Book 2010

Gardens of Water by Alan Drew

Gardens of Water is an enthralling story of two families, and two faiths, in Turkey at the time of the cataclysm of 1999. It tells of Sinan, whose daughter, Irem, dreams of escaping the confines of her family and the duties of a devout Muslim woman. She sees in Dylan, an American boy and her upstairs neighbor, the enticing promise of another life. But then a massive earthquake forces Sinan and his family to live as refugees in their own country and leads to a dangerous intimacy with their American neighbors, as Irem and Dylan fall in love. When Sinan finds himself entangled in a series of increasingly dangerous decisions, he will be pushed toward a final betrayal that will change everyones lives forever.

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One Community, One Book 2009

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver

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One Community, One Book 2008

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

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    One Community, One Book 2007

    Blood Done Sign My Name
    by Timothy Tyson

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    One Community, One Book 2006

    Tortilla Curtain
    by T. Coraghessan Boyle

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    One Community, One Book 2005

    When the Emperor Was Divine
    by Julie Otsuka

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    One Community, One Book 2004

    The Kite Runner
    by Khaled Hosseini

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    One Community, One Book 2003

    Bel Canto

    by Ann Patchett

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    One Community, One Book 2002

    First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
    by Loung Ung

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    One Community, One Book 2001

    The Last Summer of Reason
    by Tahar Djaout