► The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s
by Isabel Wilkerson
A note from Galveston Reads Chair Maurine Sweeney:
Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest so far in volunteering for Galveston Reads 2014. The book that was selected for 2014 is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. We will be having our first general Committee Meeting this coming Tuesday, May 21st at 4:30pm in the McCullough Room of the Rosenberg Library. Please share this with anyone you think might be interested in participating! If you are unable to attend but would still like to participate, please contact me directly. Meeting attendance is not required to volunteer.
The 2015 Selection Committee will also meet the following week on Tuesday, May 28th at 4:30 pm in the McCullough Room. I look forward to working with everyone this year to bring the community together for another successful Galveston Reads!
Galveston Reads is a voluntary organization composed of community representatives. It’s modeled after ‘One City, One Book’ projects around the country that are designed to promote the reading of the same book at the same time by their residents of high school age through senior citizens. The committee endeavors to choose a book of interest to this community and to use accompanying events to bring together the Galveston citizens by encouraging reading and thoughtful discussions.
Questions, please call the Rosenberg Library 409-763-8854 ext. 140.
Galveston Reads encourages reading by offering programs held at various locations throughout Galveston County that revolve around the selection. The 2013 selection was The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
by Mark Obmascik.
If you are a birder—someone who keeps a list of birds seen in the wild along with the particulars of time and place—then the term “Big Year” (with caps) refers to an informal competition to see or hear the largest number of bird species within a single calendar year and within a defined geographic area. In The Big Year, Mark Obmascik tells the tale of one such competition that took place in 1998 and covered all of the United States and Canada. But the real theme of the book is in the subtitle: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession. And the “fowl” is a pun, since there is as much foul obsession as the bird kind in this book. In fact, this book is as much, if not more, about obsession as it is about birds and birding. And therein lies its charm and its universality.
Other past selections include Still Alice, by Lisa Genova, Tortilla Curtain, by T.C. Boyles; Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team , and a Dream, by H. G. Bissinger; A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, by Mark Haddon; Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehreinreich, A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines, The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, and Rocket Boys, by Homer H. Hickam and Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Galveston Reads is a voluntary organization composed of community representatives. It’s modeled after ‘one city, one book’ projects around the country that are designed to promote the reading of the same book at the same time by their residents of high school age through senior citizens. The committee endeavors to choose a book of interest to this community and to use the accompanying events to unify the community of Galveston County by encouraging reading and thoughtful discussions.
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