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What’s Falmouth Reading 2012?

The 2012 Town Wide Read has been selected! Seen the Glory : a novel of the Battle of Gettysburg by John Hough, Jr. is the 2012 read! Lots more information to come. Events don’t really get underway until January 2012, but because we were having a Civil War band here tonight, we thought it only appropriate to let everyone know. The country is also celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, and, of course, our library was built as a memorial library.

Here’s what the Booklist reviewer said:

“Two young boys, fueled by the idealism instilled in them by their abolitionist father, go to war in this impressive Civil War novel. When Martha’s Vineyard residents Luke and Thomas Chandler enlist in the Union Army, they end up in the Massachusetts 20th—a regiment destined for both tragedy and glory in the Battle of Gettysburg. Initially ill-prepared for the rigors of the soldiering life, the brothers eventually adapt, providing an emotional safety net for each other until a shattering family secret threatens to destroy them both. Hough excels at re-creating the chaos, the confusion, and the brutality of war, and his searing, authentically rendered battle scenes should satisfy Civil War enthusiasts. A heartrending family saga wrapped up in an epic clash of armies and ideals.”

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Previous Town Wide Reads:

* 2011 What’s Falmouth Reading Book: Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson.
* 2010 What’s Falmouth Reading Book: Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville.
* 2009 What’s Falmouth Reading Book: An Invitation to Poetry: a new favorite Poem Project anthology, edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz.
* 2008 What’s Falmouth Reading Book: This I Believe edited Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.
* 2007 What’s Falmouth Reading Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.
* 2006 What’s Falmouth Reading Book: Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder.
* 2005 What’s Falmouth Reading Book: The Color of Water, by James McBride.
* 2004 What’s Falmouth Reading Book: 1984, by George Orwell.
* 2003 What’s Falmouth Reading Book: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

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