The idea is the entire town reads the same book and meets for discussion sessions and they hold various events (song writing class, movies). It's a very neat idea, and this year I am participating. The book is Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie.
I never would have read this book without the program.
It's a little hard to get into because of the spelling and the feel of the thick local dialect. It kind of reminds me of how I first felt about Shakespeare, a little lost until I picked up on the rhythm and got a real sense of the language.
Also - the first chapter is not the best one of the book. I am afraid a lot of people will give up. I pushed on through.
I'm starting to enjoy the book, and appreciate the humor and the home spun feel of the book. I feel like I'm getting a real sense of the time Woody lived in. It kind of reminds me of the Shepard of the Hills book I read when we went to Missouri.
There are some lines in Guthrie's book just make me die laughing. Here is one:
"Leonard! You Dead?" Grandma said to him. (page 65 - Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie).
The dialogue, while it can be a bit distracting due to spelling, is often very humorous, and part of the charm. Give it a chance.
Does your Library have a one book one community program?
If not - you should get one started!
I'm enjoying this one.