Allen Eskens book cover

PLYMOUTHREADS, sponsored by The Friends of the Plymouth Library, Hennepin County Library Plymouth, the City of Plymouth, and the Plymouth Arts Council is proud to announce its annual book selection for
2017: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens.

A novel of haunting consequences, The Life We Bury, is set in Minnesota.  It is the story of Joe Talbert’s class assignment to write a story of someone who has lived an interesting life.  Dying and medically paroled Carl Iverson agrees to tell his story and Joe sets out to unravel the tapestry of a thirty year old murder.

With the wrongful conviction theme, Plymouth READS collaborated with Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN).  IPMN provided an exhibit highlighting the causes of wrongful conviction, IPMN’s work to prevent wrongful convictions from occurring, and lives changed by the work of IPMN.  The exhibit is in Plymouth Library from March 9 through April 2017.  


Upcoming Events

Date & Time Event Location
April 4, 2017
PLYMOUTHREADS Kick Off Celebration: Representatives of the Minnesota Innocence Project will discuss their mission and share stories of people wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. Plymouth Library
Apr 18, 2017
2 & 6:30pm
PLYMOUTHREADS Movie: After Innocence Plymouth Library
Apr 22, 2017
PLYMOUTHREADS Book Discussion Plymouth Library
Apr 23, 2017
PLYMOUTHREADS Literary Night with Allen Eskens Plymouth Creek Center
Apr 25, 2017
PLYMOUTHREADS Book Discussion Plymouth Library


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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



2016 Book:

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell


2015 Book:

Vacationland by Sarah Stonich



2014 Book:

Holiday Inn by Kevin Kling



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2013 Book:

Spirit Car by Diane Wilson

Spirit Car book cover


2012 Book:

Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown


2011 Book:

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett



 2010 Book:

Population 485 by Michael Perry