Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads

Community Reads 2015 represents the 12th year of YDL's collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library, the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Washtenaw Community College.

Each year a theme is selected and a book is chosen for the community to read and discuss. The theme for 2015 is A Very Good Read. This theme will highlight a work of fiction.

The selected title for 2015
 is A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki.

This imaginative story follows a split narrative between Nao, a bullied and depressed Tokyo teenager, and Ruth, a novelist on an island in British Columbia.  The two are linked after Ruth discovers Nao's Hello Kitty lunchbox after it washes ashore.


The other 2015 finalist was the We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo.

"A Tale for the Time Being" covers varying themes such as bullying, cultural awareness and dual cultures, moving/being the new person or being an outsider, storytelling and narratives, religion [Buddhism] and lifestyles, conscience, and perseverance. Check out the lists below for some books for grades K-5 and 6-8 that cover similar themes!

Grades K-5

Grades 6-8


Books chosen for the Reads should meet the following criteria:

* The writing should be engaging and thought-provoking.
* The subjects discussed should be accessible to readers throughout the community, high-school age and above.
* The length, price, and availability of the book should be suited to involvement by the general public.
* The book should be by a living author.
* Its treatment of issues should encourage readers to discuss the issues further with others, at home, work, reading clubs, and community events.
* Ideally, the subject should lead to constructive dialogues across our diverse communities.

During the summer the Book Screening Committee made up of individuals selected as representative of various civic constituencies read many titles reflecting the year’s theme. In the fall, a Selection Committee reviews the two titles suggested by the Screening Committee and makes a final recommendation of the Reads book for the coming year.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2015 is scheduled to occur January through February 2015.

For more information, please check out the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads community web site.

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Delicious foods : a novelBy Hannaham, James

Hannaham’s book is the engrossing story of a Southern family’s disintegration after the death of husband and father, Nat Hardison. It is narrated by Eddie, the couple’s son, as well as an unusual inanimate character named Scotty, and Eddie’s mother, Darlene, absent both emotionally and physically during much of his childhood, unable to cope with the intense emotional burden, local injustice, and overwhelming grief she experiences when Nat is murdered. Eleven year-old Eddie spends a lot of time with his widowed Aunt Bethella, but at one point he decides to try to find his absent mother. Boldly navigating the seedy underbelly of the streets, Eddie’s path leads him to the horrible prison-like agricultural farming enterprise called Delicious Foods, from which he barely escapes with his life. A bold, harrowing story told with amazing love and respect for its characters.

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