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At the Library

By Debbie Stanton, Library Director | Jul 15, 2013

The Washington Public Library is participating in the “All Iowa Reads” program again this year, and we’re inviting all interested community members to check out a copy of the book at the library and come to a book discussion on Monday, July 29, at 6 p.m.

The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. The program encourages Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year. Libraries, book clubs, schools and other local organizations are encouraged to sponsor discussions of the title, and that's just what the Washington Public Library has set out to do.

The 2013 All Iowa Reads selection is "The Year We Left Home" by Jean Thompson. This sweeping and emotionally powerful story reveals the lives of a single American family during the tumultuous final decades of the 20th century.

“Stretching from the early 1970s in the Iowa farmlands to suburban Chicago to the coast of contemporary Italy—and moving through the Vietnam War’s aftermath, the farm crisis, the numerous economic booms and busts—The Year We Left Home follows the Erickson siblings as they confront prosperity and heartbreak, setbacks and triumphs, and seek their place in a country whose only constant seems to be breathtaking change. Ambitious, richly told, and fiercely American, this is a vivid and moving meditation on our continual pursuit of happiness and an incisive exploration of the national character." (Description courtesy of the Simon & Schuster Web site)

Stop in the library any time to pick up your copy (also available on audio CD and large print) and join us for a rousing discussion on the 29th!

The following new materials are available at the library.

Adult Fiction

Lead Me Home by Stacy Hawkins Adams, The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian, A Hopeful Heart by Amy Clipston, Rosemary Cottage by Collen Coble, Bomb Shell by Catherine Coulter, True Love by Jude Deveraux, Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart, A Heart Made New by Kelly Irvin, Love’s Journey Home by Kelly Irvin, Tell Me by Lisa Jackson, Jewelweed by David Rhodes, Hidden Order by Brad Thor

Adult Nonfiction

A Smart Guide to Geothermal by Donald Blaise Lloyd, Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel, Robert D. Ray: An Iowa Treasury by Robert D. Ray, Simple Solutions for Building Self Esteem by Glenn R. Scheraldi, Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Kevin Shea

Audio CDs

The Rope by Nevada Barr, Pattern of Wounds by J. Mark Bertrand, Vigilante by Stephen Cannell, Locked On by Tom Clancy, The Black Ice by Michael Connelly, The Conviction by Robert Dugoni, Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich, Cast in Stone by G. M. Ford, The Red House by Mark Haddon, Home Front by Kristin Hannah, A Devil is Waiting by Jack Higgins, The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag, Soft Target by Stephen Hunter, Tell Me by Lisa Jackson, Love is the Cure by Elton John, Princess Charming by Nicole Jordon, Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz, The Hunter by John Lescroart, Once Upon a Time by Debbie Macomber, Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh, The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, Break Down by Sara Paretsky, Kill A-lex Cross by James Patterson, The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson, The Last Victim by Karen Robards, Saint City Sinners by Lilith Saintcrow, Confessions of a Scary Mommy by Jill Smokler, Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steel, Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, The Best Revenge by Stephen White, Sea Glass Island by Sherryl Woods, Where Azaleas Bloom by Sherryl Woods.

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