Everybody Reads 2012
A community reading project of Multnomah County Library
What if everybody read the same book?
We’d talk to each other about issues that matter and we’d celebrate the power of books in creating a stronger community.
This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community in Portland, where her light brown skin, blue eyes and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.
Check out or download the book or audiobook. Or, borrow one of the extra copies available at all Multnomah County libraries, Oregon Public Broadcasting, orPortland State University Library beginning in January (while supplies last). These special copies may be passed on to others without accruing late charges, so encourage your friends, coworkers and neighbors to participate.
Share your thoughts at a book discussion at your neighborhood library, local bookstore or elsewhere in the community.
Hear from author Heidi Durrow on Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Visit Everybody Reads Selections to find the list of Everybody Reads titles from previous years.