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One Book – One Lincoln 2021 Title Announced

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Lincoln City Libraries has announced that Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker is the book selected for the 2021 One Book – One Lincoln Community Reading Program. The book is available for borrowing from libraries in print, large type print, as well as downloadable audio and ebook formats.

Hidden Valley Road book cover imageHidden Valley Road tells the story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Robert Kolker is the author of Hidden Valley Road, an instant #1 New York Times best-seller and selection of Oprah’s Book Club that was named a Top Ten Book of the Year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. His previous work includes Lost Girls, also a New York Times best-seller and New York Times Notable Book.

A community-wide online book discussion is scheduled on Saturday, October 9, at 2 p.m. and a virtual author visit is scheduled on Tuesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. Preregistration is not required. Visit the library’s website for login information.

The runners up for the 2021 program were Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi, and Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu. The book selection process began in February when a 16-member selection team of community readers narrowed 196 nominations down to the top three. Librarian Caitlin Lombardo is the staff coordinator for One Book – One Lincoln.

LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience.