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Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:19pm by amy

Suggest A Title For This Year's A Very Good Read

Read a good book lately? Suggest a book to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads planning committees and your suggestion just might be the pick for the upcoming Reads (which will take place in January & February 2015).

This year’s theme is "A Very Good Read" and the book selected can be a work of fiction or non fiction.

Committees will be meeting over the summer to consider hundreds of possible titles – and they want your help!

You can suggest a title by commenting below, or by stopping by any Ann Arbor District Library or Ypsilanti District Library location. Suggest a title by July 7 and it will be considered for selection!

Book Selection

• The writing should be engaging and thought-provoking.
• The subjects discussed should be accessible to readers throughout the community, high-school age and above.
• The length, price, and availability of the book should be suited to involvement by the general public.
• The book should be by a living author.
• Its treatment of issues should encourage readers to discuss the issues further with others, at home, work, reading clubs, and community events.
• Ideally, the subject should lead to constructive dialogues across our diverse communities.

Don't forget to submit your book suggestion in one of the libraries or as a comment below before July 7th!


Life After Life by Kate Atkinson raises interesting questions about the turns a life takes based on chance and based on our choices. The protagonist, Ursula Todd, dies a number of deaths and is reborn, but it's not too science fiction-y, really, and the focus is more on dramatic moments. It's set against the backdrop of two world wars, which offer plenty of opportunity for plot turns and challenging decisions that have to be made. Plenty to debate and discuss!

Interview with the author:…

The Discovery of Witches would not be a good choice. The topic might be appealing to soem, but the writing is not good, the book is too long and it is greatly in need of vigorous editing.

The Lost Conspiracy is my very very favoritest book ever. I think everyone should read it.

I would like to nominate The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
This is a well written story that brings to life the impact of the institution of slavery on human beings and their relationships, their attempts to reach across a divide and their efforts (and the cost) to end this institution.
This novel is based on historical figures and events, but the conversations and relationships are fictional.
The writing is as smooth as silk and the story is compelling.
I think this book would generate much discussion and is a good follow up to the work on race that has occupied much of our community for the past two years, especially.

I received the following from Rachel Pruchno, the editor of The Gerontologist where I serve on the editorial board. This is Rachel's memoir of experiencing mental illness as a daughter and a mother. This is not an 'easy' or 'light' read, but provides an important perspective on living with mental illness. I recommend consideration for Ann Arbor Reads.

From: "Rachel Pruchno" <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 2:39:00 PM
Subject: Surrounded By Madness by Rachel Pruchno, Ph.D.

Dear Colleague:

My memoir Surrounded By Madness was published on March 24, 2014. The book chronicles the experiences I’ve had as the daughter of a mother and mother of a daughter with severe mental illness. As a research psychologist who has spent my career studying the interactions of mental health and family, my goal for the book is to launch a national dialogue about the harmful combination of mental illness and family secrets.

Surrounded By Madness is available at online booksellers. Please visit or watch the book trailer video at for further information.

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