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Book Review: Brooklyn

June 24, 2010

"Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin

As soon as I caught wind of the One Book, One Chicago project, I was smitten. The idea that all residents of the city are not only encouraged to read the same book, but to actively discuss it and participate in cultural events just seems too good to be true. Maybe it’s the dreamer in me, but I think about how amazing it would be to turn to the person next to me on the bus, and have a debate about the author’s main character. Just think about the possibilities!

There are discussions & activities for children, teens, and adults alike, including talks by the author himself, professors, and even Irish dancing lessons (in the spirit of the book above). Literally, looking at the schedule that is distributed in every bookstore in library, there were multiple events a day for 3 whole months. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to this book on time, and missed all of the fun. Luckily, the Chicago Public Library still has discussions & such on their website, so I fully intend on taking advantage of these resources. There will be a new book announced soon for the Fall edition of the project, and I can’t wait to dive in and actually enjoy the all of the events!

Needless to say, this book was pretty darn fantastic. It is basically a character study of a young woman from Ireland who gets the opportunity to live and work in America. I won’t give away any more, no one likes a plot spoiler, but i’d suggest picking this up and giving it a try.

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