Book of the Week #41

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg (Random House, 2006)

"Against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, this novel features a thirteen year old girl living in poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi in the early sixties. Her mother, a single parent, is severely handicapped by the polio she contracted when she was nine months pregnant with her daughter, and she relies
heavily on the assistance of an African-American caregiver named Peacie, with whom her daughter has a love-hate relationship. A lot of issues are looked at in this book, including the notion of what freedom really is, and whether or not it is fair for a child to be intimately involved in caring for a parent so mightily compromised." (summary from author's website)

This title was chosen by Nashua Public Library for their 2010 One City, One Book project. On Sunday, October 17, 2010 the library will present Beyond the Book: An Afternoon with Elizabeth Berg. On Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 7 pm the Nashua Public Library will host a discussion of the novel in the NPL Theater.

Here are the details on Elizabeth Berg's visit:
Thanks to support from the Friends of the Library and TD Charitable Foundation, author Elizabeth Berg will be on hand to talk about We Are All Welcome Here and answer your ques­tions. Toadstool books will bring copies of Elizabeth’s books for sale and signing. Before the presentation, a private wine and cheese recep­tion with the author will be held in the Dion Center Board Room. Bring your book group, and enter our drawing for a bag of up to 12 copies of next year's Nashua Reads book! Other door prizes will also be awarded. Tickets are $5, or $25 for entry to both the private reception and presentation. Avail­able at the Nashua Public Library circula­tion desk, or print this form and mail in your order. Sunday, October 17, 2010 at Rivier College, Dion Center, 16 Clement Street, Nashua, N.H. Private reception: 1 pm; Public presentation: 2 pm.

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