One Book, One Community of Monroe County
What if everyone read the same book and then joined all those readers in talking about it? That's the idea behind One Book, One Community of Monroe County. The residents of Monroe County have annually celebrated an outstanding book since 2007. This community-wide reading initiative began in 2007 with participation in The Big Read, a program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Big Read was designed to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture. Participants were required to read a book chosen from a list of American classics. When grant funding was not available in 2011, Monroe County shifted to One Book, One Community. This program brings readers together, creating connections between Monroe County residents and literature.
Each year, the One Book, One Community of Monroe County selection committee chooses a readily available and discussible book written by a major author, and invites Monroe County residents to read the same book at the same time and discuss it through a series of free programs running approximately one month. Each year's events feature book discussions and free county-wide community activities related to the themes raised by these provocative and inspiring stories. One Book, One Community of Monroe County aims to enrich the experience of reading for everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, income or the neighborhood they call home.
About the Book
In another world, a young German boy named Werner grows up enthralled by the voices of the radio. He learns to master the building and fixing of radios, a talent that takes him into the brutal military of the Nazis. He becomes a specialized tracker of the Resistance.
Doerr’s story illuminates the world of both young protagonists and shows us how, against all odds, people can survive and maintain their humanity.
The New York Times Book Review called All the Light We Cannot See a “vastly entertaining feat of storytelling.”