Ann Arbor-Ypsi reads narrows to 2 book choices

Monday, September 22, 2014

We're gearing up for the annual Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti reads event! A selection committee is choosing between two finalist books. Both selections are novels that feature young women protagonists. 

Once the selection committee makes a final pick, the author will be invited to give a talk this spring. Last year, hundreds of people in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area read the chosen Community Reads book and participated in discussions and related events hosted by both YDL and the Ann Arbor District Library. We're looking forward to seeing what book is chosen this year. If you would like to read the finalists, you can share your feedback with the selection committee at

We Need New Names

by NoViolet Bulawayo

A remarkable literary debut -- shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize!

The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America. Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few. NoViolet Bulawayo's debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her-from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to J.M. Coetzee-while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.

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A Tale for the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki, short listed for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox, possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

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