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Suggest a title for the 2019 Washtenaw Reads!

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:56am by eapearce

**Suggestions for the 2019 Washtenaw Read are now closed. Thank you for your suggestions!**

The Washtenaw Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Participating libraries include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline, and Ypsilanti.

Each year, a committee of librarians, teachers, bookstore owners, and members of the public gathers to read a variety of suggested titles and select one to be that year's Washtenaw Read. This year's theme is again simply "A Very Good Read," and can be fiction or non-fiction. The Read will take place in January and February 2019 and typically culminates in a visit from the author of the selected book.

Do you have a title that you think might be a good fit for the Washtenaw Read this year? If so, please suggest a title!

You can also see what the past Washtenaw Reads titles have been here.


Prairie Fires, by Caroline Fraser, which every Midwesterner should read. It's much more than a bio of Laura Ingalls Wilder, as it delves into history, politics, economics, and attitudes and forces that have shaped this country today. It is especially timely as an examination of truth in journalism, fake news, sensationalism, embellishment, and glorification—starting with the public image and legacy of LIW herself, carefully and expertly crafted by her daughter Rose, who made a career in yellow journalism. It's also a gripping read, cover to cover.

The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, edited by Rochelle Riley. This collection of essays by prominent African Americans is a must read for everyone. It's impossible to read just one essay, as they lead the reader into deeper and more detailed recognition of our country's history of slavery and continued racial injustice and bigotry. This book is educational for sure--we didn't learn this history in school--but it is also a moving testament to the strength and forbearance of our black citizens. Edited by award-winning journalist Rochelle Riley, this book belongs on everyone's bookshelf.

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