One Book One Community is a grassroots reading program founded by the library to develop a community built around the shared experience of people reading and talking about the same book. Bringing people together to discuss ideas in book can play an important role in breaking down barriers between people, cultures, and economiv and educational background.
This year’s selection, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson, chronicles the experiences of America’s first ambassador to Adolf Hitler’s Germany in 1933. One Book One Community will be joining forces with many other community organizations as part of Evansville Remembers, a multi-faceted cultural and educational partnership that will focus on the Holocaust and World War II. As part of this effort, Larson will lead a free, public book discussion. In addition, the Evansville Public Library is offering a booklike of read-alike suggestions, sample book discussion questions, a list of subject-related movies and documentaries, book discussion groups, and history-related resources such as a digital archive and the NewsBank historical newspaper database.