Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads

Community Reads 2014 represents the 11th 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 2014 is A Very Good Read. This theme will highlight a work of fiction.

The selected title for 2014
is Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys.

This engaging book follows Lina, a fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl, as she and her family are deported to a labor camp in Siberia in 1941.


The other 2014 finalist was the Garden of Evening Mists, by Twan Eng Tan.


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 2014 is scheduled to occur January through February 2014.

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

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The Auschwitz Escape

By Joel Rosenberg


As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his "final solution" to systematically and ruthlessly exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he's not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz and alert the world to the Nazi's atrocities before Fascism overtakes all of Europe.