Vote for the next Hillsboro Reads book!
Our mission at the Hillsboro Public Library is For Everyone/Para todos, and we want everyone to join us in selecting the book for our 7th annual community-wide reading program to be held in March 2022.
Please read the descriptions for each of the three selections and pick the one you think the whole community should read. Which option would inspire discussions and events in which you, your family, and your friends would most like to participate?
ONE VOTE PER PERSON.
VOTING CLOSES 5/31/21
Here is more on each Book-
An intergenerational family saga like no other, this award-winning novel begins in eighteenth-century Ghana and follows the descendants of two half-sisters to the present day after one of the sisters is captured, enslaved, and shipped to America. Through the alternating stories of descendants in Ghana and the United States, readers experience the march of history in both nations until the narratives finally intertwine again in the final chapter. This stunning work of literature illustrates the way history shapes the present in ways we don’t always recognize, and demonstrates the devastating effects of intergenerational trauma while also celebrating the resiliency and joys of those whose families were—and continue to be—harmed by the Atlantic slave trade.
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Nomadland is a captivating work of investigative journalism revealing a new reality for many Americans, and what may be the future for many more. Following one central character, 64-year-old Linda May, Nomadland introduces readers to the country’s new itinerant workers, who live in campers, RVs, and all manner of vehicles, surviving by traveling the country working temporary gigs. Through engaging, real-life characters, this book touches on the housing crisis, the gig economy, the health care crisis, and more.
Set in Portland, this journey of discovery follows Jade, a Black high school student attending the prestigious (and mostly white) St. Francis High School on a scholarship. At her mother’s insistence, Jade takes every opportunity offered to her as a “disadvantaged” student, from SAT prep classes to the Woman to Woman mentorship program, but frustratedly wonders who benefits more—herself or the people who get to boast that they’ve helped an “at-risk” teen. While she does have financial and social issues to contend with at home, Jade is also fluent in Spanish and a talented artist; she doesn’t particularly feel at-risk. When Jade is passed over for the one opportunity she’s worked hard to achieve on her own merits—a trip to Spain for the school’s top Spanish students—because she has gotten “too many” other opportunities, Jade realizes she will need to take the initiative and create her own opportunities.