Cast your vote for the 2020 One Book, One Valley community read.

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The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert

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True story of naturalist and mountain man Eustace Conway, who left home at 17 to live off the land. To Gilbert, Conway's mythical character challenges all assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of how we feel men should be, but rarely are. Program themes: survivalist classes; foraging classes; book discussions; and a “Human Library” gathering with local wilderness enthusiasts.

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk W. Johnson

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Rollicking true-crime story about the theft of rare bird skins from the British Museum. Follows the investigation, subsequent cover-ups, and an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers. A thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty. Program themes: fly tying; fly fishing/casting; discussion of conservation movements; rare collections of local and regional museums; feather crafts; book discussions; possible author visit.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

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A novel of a woman living in Appalachia who discovers a silent forested valley blanketed in monarch butterflies near her family's farm. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, she confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed. Program themes: collaboration with the Butterfly Pavilion; book discussions; programs on pollinators and species extinction.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

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True-life account of William E. Dodd and his family during his time as America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany. A highly readable work that reveals why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler--until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror. Program themes: living-history programs, World War II-themed programs, and book discussions.

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