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Recovery

Read Across Texas encourages communities to engage in challenging, insightful, and transformative conversations. We invite libraries and organizations across Texas to participate in this effort by using books to open dialogue and explore what “recovery” could mean within their communities.

During a period of extreme difficulties, isolation and loss are affecting so many of us in profound ways. We recognize the importance of sharing our stories to build understanding and support. Literature can be one of the many routes to recovery, and we hope books might help with the healing.

Use the links to register a program at your local library, download discussion resources, find participating libraries in your area, and access free e-books in May and June.

                   

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Suggested Reads

 2021 Read Across Texas – Recovery Titles""

 

Thumbnail image of cover of the Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here bookThings You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here* by Nancy Wayson Dinan

Boyd Montgomery is 18 years old when a flash flood in central Texas sweeps away her best friend, Isaac. Despite the rising waters, Boyd is determined to save her friend, and she’s not alone in her quest: her neighbor, Carla, spots Boyd’s boot prints leading away from the safety of home and follows in her path. Hours later, her mother returns to find Boyd missing, and she, too, joins the search. All three women know the land well, but they are unprepared for the new world the storm has created and the fissures that have drawn forth the ghosts of Texas past and present. Haunting and timely, Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here considers questions of history and empathy and brings a pre-apocalyptic landscape both foreign and familiar to shockingly vivid life.

For additional information, go to: MORE on Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here.

This title will be available for Texans in e-book format in May and June.

 

 

Thumbnail image of the All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing after the Oklahoma City Bombing book coverAll of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing after the Oklahoma City Bombing* by Chris Barton, illustrated by Nicole Xu

Sometimes bad things happen, and you have to tell everyone. Sometimes terrible things happen, and everybody knows. On April 19, 1995, something terrible happened in Oklahoma City: a bomb exploded, and people were hurt and killed. But that was not the end of the story.

Those who survived—and those who were forever changed—shared their stories and began to heal. Near the site of the bomb blast, an American elm tree began to heal as well. People took care of the tree just as they took care of each other. The tree and its seedlings now offer solace to people around the world grappling with tragedy and loss.

This nonfiction picture book about tragedy, hope, and healing was released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. This book commemorates what was lost and offers hope for the future.

For additional information, go to MORE on All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing after the Oklahoma City Bombing.

This title will be available for Texans in e-book format in May and June.

 

Thumbnail image of the We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time book coverWe Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time* by José Andrés with Richard Wolffe

Chef José Andrés arrived in Puerto Rico four days after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island. The economy was destroyed and for most people there was no clean water, no food, no power, no gas, and no way to communicate with the outside world.

Andrés addressed the humanitarian crisis the only way he knew how: by feeding people, one hot meal at a time. Based on Andrés’s insider’s take as well as on meetings, messages, and conversations he had while in Puerto Rico, We Fed an Island movingly describes how a network of community kitchens activated real change and tells an extraordinary story of hope in the face of disasters both natural and man-made, offering suggestions for how to address a crisis like this in the future.

For additional information, go to MORE on We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time.

This title will be available for Texans in e-book format in May and June.

 

Thumbnail of the What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism book coverWhat Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

Dan Rather’s original essays are a reminder of the founding principles of the United States. He investigates the freedoms that define and transform citizens of America. Rather takes a close look at empathy and inclusion, public education, science, medicine, and other ideas and institutions that sustain our democracy. After a long career with a front seat to the world’s biggest headlines, he thoughtfully examines how hardship and tragedy can supply tools to create unification and understanding. Rather’s experience as a witness to historical change provides him a map, allowing him to trace where we have been and what might be a way forward to heal our divisions. This book offers a fundamental sense of hope and seeks to inspire conversation, listening, and recovery towards unification.

Also, check out What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel written by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner; illustrated by Tim Foley.

For additional information, go to MORE on What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.

A Letter Encouraging Library Participation in Read Across Texas from Director and Librarian Mark Smith (Word) 

*Note: The titles marked with an asterisk (*) will be available for Texans in e-book format for May and June. Read more information about the e-book availability.

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