Read-Alike: People of the Book
The 2013 One Book, One Community selection is Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book. One Book, One Community is an initiative of the Allegheny County Library Association, bringing people throughout the region together to read and to share the experience of thinking of the written word and its relevancy, both directly and indirectly, to our communities. Alongside the People of the Book, these other titles explore similar themes to contribute to the discussions. For more information on One Book, One Community, see the program website: onebookonecommunity.org/2013
A secret is encoded in the illuminations of three Gutenberg Bibles. It's a race against time as August Adams must crack the code, save his family, dodge the minions of secret societies, and preserve the priceless manuscripts.
Possession: A Romance
When two scholars accidentally discover that the two poets they are studying had a secret love affair, they follow the clues around Europe trying to unravel the history of the clandestine relationship. In doing so, they begin their own romance. This book is full of literary form and elegant prose, and has been called "a nearly perfect novel" by reviewers.
True History of the Kelly Gang
Outlaw Ned Kelly is a colorful character in Australian history. This Booker Prize winner for fiction takes the facts of his life and turns them into a compelling reading experience.
This collection of short stories, like Brooks' People of the Book, fundamentally relates to preserving and honoring the written word. Editor Michael Cart brings together a great selection of work by Lorrie Moore, Ursula LeGuin, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Ray Bradbury and others.
The History of Love
With beautiful language and rich, well-developed characters, Krauss has created a puzzle in the form of a novel. Spanning more than 70 years and three continents, the reader slowly pieces together the provenance of a love story written by Leo Gursky for his dear Alma. Questions abound: Where is the love story now and who actually wrote it? Why has a mysterious person offered a huge sum of money for its translation? What are the connections between a 15-year-old Alma living in New York City and the Alma of Polish descent who died years ago? Fans of Jonathan Safran Foer (who happens to be Krauss' partner) will savor this intricate intertwining of tales.
The Forgotten Garden
A young girl is found on a wharf in Australia with nothing but a small white suitcase and a book of fairy tales written by someone she calls the Authoress. Almost a century later in England, her granddaughter goes on a quest to discover her mysterious origins.
The Red Violin explores the impact of the past on the present, using a similar conceit to Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book: an archaeological exploration of a practical tool as objet d'art. In five distinct contexts (including the present), the titular violin both enacts and reacts. The movie opens at an auction in Montreal, and proceeds to trace the international history of the red violin from its creation in Renaissance Italy. The lives that are affected by the violin remind us in our contemporary moment that the present rests poignantly on the shoulders of the past, as the meanings of things shift through time. The Red Violin exposes the power that art and history hold, and makes a strong argument that our lives would be significantly less meaningful without these considerations.
Girl in Hyacinth Blue
Just as People of the Book chronicles the life of the book as it is passed from owner to owner in different places and eras, Girl in Hyacinth Blue follows a painting through time and across the globe.