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One Book One Communit of Monroe County

March 17, 2014 - April 11, 2014

The One Book, One Community of Monroe County announces The Distance Between Us as the 2014 One Book, One Community of Monroe County book selection. Written by award-winning novelist and memoirist Reyna Grande, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir has received critical acclaim and was one of the five 2013 finalists nominated for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle for autobiography.           

Community members can meet the author on March 26, 2014 at a community talk and book signing at the Monroe County Community College La-Z-Boy Center.

The One Book, One Community of Monroe County companion read selected for middle school readers is Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, a beautiful story, which was recently listed in The New York Public Library’s 100 Great Children’s Books in the Past 100 Years. The teen reader selection is Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña. Picture book selections are Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh and My Very Own Room by Amada Irma Perez.

There will be a series of community events planned around the themes in The Distance Between Us.  The full slate of One Book, One Community of Monroe County events runs from March 17 through April 11, 2014.  All events are free to the community.  Watch the Monroe Evening News newspaper and this website for more details about the books selected and to follow the various events as they develop.

One Book, One Community of Monroe County welcomes the following community partners, sponsors, and supporters in our 2014 reading campaign.

Founding Partners
Monroe County Community College
The Foundation at Monroe County Community College
Monroe County Library System
Monroe Publishing Company - Monroe News
The Foundation at MCCC
Monroe County Library System
Monroe Publishing Company
Major Sponsors
Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan
Eastern Michigan University
Janssen Brothers Farms, LLC
Leski Insurance Agency, LLC
Siena Heights University
Books A Million
Community Foundation Southeast Michigan
Eastern Michigan University

The Agora
The Book Nook
Diversity Committee of Monroe County Community College 
Friends of One Book, One Community
Jetscreen Printing
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurants
Monroe City/County Fine Arts Council
Monroe County Community College Student Government
Monroe County Historical Museum
Mark Naber and Penny Dorcey

Educational Partners
Meadow Montessori School
Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools
Monroe High School

Orchard Center High School
St. Mary Catholic Central High School