To spark conversation, find common ground, and foster learning and discovery in Plymouth by rallying readers around a single book.
· Build compassion by challenging readers to heed another’s experience
· Revive and revel in the joy of reading
· Celebrate the diverse cultures and beliefs in Plymouth
· Provide high quality, fun opportunities to come together
· Cultivate pride in Plymouth—for the City, library, businesses, organizations, and all residents
Book Selection Criteria:
. Reflects the mission and goals of PLYMOUTHREADS in an appreciable way.
· Well-written and readable,with broad appeal
· Available in multiple formats – audio, eBook, large print, etc.
· Multifaceted themes that inspire supporting events to further engage and add context
· Preference for:
-an author with a Minnesota connection
-a living author who can speak at Literary Night of Primavera, Springtime Celebration of the Arts
THE 2013 PLYMOUTH READS SELECTION:
SPIRIT CAR: Journey to a Dakota Past by Diane Wilson
“One day I realize that my entire back seat is filled with relatives who wonder why I’m not paying more attention to their part of the family story. . . . Sooner or later they all come up to the front seat and whisper stories in my ear.”
Growing up in the 1950s in suburban Minneapolis, Diane Wilson had a family like everybody else’s. Her Swedish American father was a salesman at Sears and her mother drove her brothers to baseball practice and went to parent-teacher conferences.
But in her thirties, Diane began to wonder why her mother didn’t speak of her past. So she traveled to South Dakota and Nebraska, searching out records of her relatives through six generations, hungering to know their stories. She began to write a haunting account of the lives of her Dakota Indian family, based on research, to recreate their oral history that was lost, or repressed, or simply set aside as gritty issues of survival demanded attention.
Spirit Car is an exquisite counterpoint of memoir and carefully researched fiction, a remarkable narrative that ties modern Minnesotans to the trauma of the Dakota War. Wilson found her family’s love and humor—and she discovered just how deeply our identities are shaped by the forces of history.
Diane Wilson is a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Shafer, Minnesota.
REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR
“Under a Flaming Sky” by Daniel James Brown
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Population 485 by Michael Perry