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7 Books Your Neighbors Have Read

Every February, One Book, One Community encourages Midlands’ area residents to read the same book at the same time--ultimately connecting the community through a shared reading experience. 

From Conroy to Rash and beyond, here's a peek at what your neighbors have been reading for the last several years:


Grant Park by Leonard Pitts, Jr. 
2017 One Book Selection

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Leonard Pitts, Jr., as he takes on the past four decades of US race relations through the stories of two veteran journalists. 
Grant Park is an audacious and eloquent take on politics, race, and history, and yet another demonstration that Pitts, beyond his identity as a lauded journalist, has emerged as an important voice in contemporary American fiction.

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The Stone Necklace by Carla Damron
2016 One Book Selection

Clawing chest pains and a fiery car crash take one life and change the destiny of four others. The Stone Necklace braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a troubled homeless man, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways our lives touch one another and how, together, we can recover from even the greatest of losses.


On Agate Hill by Lee Smith
2015 One Book Selection

A dusty box discovered in the wreckage of a once prosperous plantation on Agate Hill in North Carolina contains the remnants of an extraordinary life: diaries, letters, poems, songs, newspaper clippings, court records, marbles, rocks, dolls, and bones. It's through these treasured mementos that we meet Molly Petree.

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
2014 One Book Selection

In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes: sharing the pleasures of the local library’s vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades-long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent  in Paris, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences. His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty.

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
2013 One Book Selection

In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation and what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood and for the woman who means the world to her.

Saints at the River by Ron Rash
2012 One Book Selection

Drawing on the same lyrical prose and strong sense of place that distinguished Ron Rash's award-winning first novel, One Foot in Eden, Ron Rash has written a book about the deepest human themes: the love of the land, the hold of the dead on the living, and the need to dive beneath the surface to arrive at a deeper truth. Saints at the River confirms the arrival of one of today's most gifted storytellers.

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany
2011 One Book Selection

Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over a hundred years of living side by side.