The American Library Association’s ongoing Libraries Transform program connects readers across the United States through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Digital copies of the book are made available for immediate check-out through Overdrive and Libby for patrons of participating libraries, including AAPLD.
The fall Libraries Transform Book Pick is Book of the Little Axe, by Lauren Francis-Sharma.
This sweeping historical novel is set in Trinidad and the Crow Nation of the Great Plains, between 1796 and 1830. The protagonist, Rosa Rendon, fights against gender and racial constraints, in her quest to run her family’s farm, and later, in her marriage to a Crow chief. When her son comes of age, she takes him on a journey that retraces her life, and reveals long-kept secrets.
Booklist reviewer Vanessa Bush calls Book of the Little Axe, “a compelling saga of family bonds, ambitions, and desires, all subject to the vagaries of powerful historical forces.” Click here to read an interview with author Lauren Francis-Sharma.
Book of Little Axe is available for immediate download from September 14 through 28. (Patrons who download the book at the end of the open period will have the normal check-out time to read it.) If you’re a book club member, consider this book for your next read, and download group discussion questions here.
If you’re reading on your own, share your thoughts on social media using #LTBookPick hashtag.
If you haven’t used Overdrive or Libby, this is a great time to start. AAPLD cardholders can download the free apps and find more information here. Not yet a cardholder? September is National Library Card Sign-Up month, so it’s the perfect opportunity to find out what your library has to offer! From best-selling books, DVDs, and video games, to technology and craft classes, fascinating programs on history and pop culture, and so much more!
Learn more here, apply for a card online, or stop into the library and talk with our friendly Customer Service staff. We look forward to seeing you.