What is the power of one book? Can it do more than enlighten and entertain individual readers? Can it impact the heart and soul of a community, help us to open new lines of communication and lay the groundwork for a stronger and better Forsyth County? We believe that On the Same Page, the Library's community book reading program, has the potential to do just that. On the Same Page seeks to broaden appreciation of literature through the shared experience of reading and discussing a single work of literature. It offers us a unique opportunity to see things through a different perspective, one that will only expand our understanding of the world around us.
The Forsyth County Public Library also sponsors an annual celebration of poetry that complements On the Same page, called On the Same Poem, in which participants read and discuss a single poem.
Now in its 16th year, On the Same Page continues!
2016 Book Selection
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
September 10 to October 15, 2016
When bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver, her husband Steven, and their daughters Camille and Lily moved from the literal food desert of Tucson, Arizona to lush farmland in Virginia, they made a pledge: For one year, they wouldn't eat anything they couldn't either grow themselves or purchase from a local grower. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is the story of that year. Follow Kingsolver and her family as they stalk the "vegetannual," raise their own chickens, make creative use of a bumper zucchini crop, and learn the ins and outs of turkey breeding. The book is equal parts funny, informative, and heart-warming, and we're thrilled to feature it for On the Same Page.
Join us this fall for a month-long series of programs building off of the themes of farming and good nutrition. It all begins with our kickoff event at the Bookmarks Festival on Saturday, September 10 and it culminates in a finale at Reynolda House Museum of American Art on Saturday, October 15 at 2:00. Check back later for a full schedule of On the Same Page book discussions, film screenings, lectures, and other related events!
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Serena by Ron Rash
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
The Road to Devotion by Cameron Kent
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Land Breakers by John Ehle
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee