Community Reads

One Community, One Book

One Community, One Book is a Johnson County reading project in the fall sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR).

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2017 Selection

Butterfly Mosque

by G. Willow Wilson

Documents the author's conversion from all-American atheist to Islam, a journey marked by her decision to relocate to Cairo, romance with a passionate young Egyptian, and her efforts to balance the virtues of both cultures.

All Iowa Reads

All Iowa Reads encourages Iowans to read and discuss a single title during the year.

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2018 Adult Selection

The Boys in the Bunkhouse

by Dan Barry

A full-length account of the author's prize-winning New York Times story chronicles the exploitation and abuse case of a group of developmentally disabled workers in Atalissa, Iowa, who for 25 years, were forced to work under harrowing conditions for virtually no wages until tenacious advocates helped them achieve their freedom.


2018 Young Adult Selection

Girl in the blue coat

by Monica Hesse

In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke--a 'finder' of black market goods--is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl.


2018 Kids Selection

Ghost

by Jason Reynolds

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.