Since 2011, our community has been coming together around a single book. It takes the form of an annual literary celebration called One Book One Valley, and it has led us on some amazing journeys.
We welcome you to take part in this tremendous opportunity to celebrate literacy, storytelling and civic dialogue through the shared reading of a single title.
The 2022 Book
Last January, we read and discussed The Mountains Sing by Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. You can watch a video greeting with the author, featuring her special message to Estes Valley residents.
About the novel: The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore apart not just her beloved country, but also her family.
Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English.
If you missed reading this acclaimed book, you can borrow a print copy, or download it in eBook and eAudio formats from our digital collections. Or visit or call Macdonald Book Shop to purchase a personal copy. Macdonald Book Shop has been a longtime supporter of One Book One Valley, and we’re grateful for their partnership.
Summer 2022: watch for details on your opportunity to vote among the finalists for the January 2023 One Book One Valley selection.
One Book One Valley is made possible through the generous donors of the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation.