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One Book, One West Virginia

One Book, One West Virginia is a state-wide book discussion group designed to promote dialogue among community members gathered in various locations throughout the state. To accomplish this goal, participants are urged to join book discussion groups and attend related special events, such as meeting the author, character portrayals, movies, and workshops.  Selections are made by the Appalachian Heritage Writer-In-Residence Program. 

2016-17 One Book, One West Virginia Selection
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2016-2017 Selection:  A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

In A Land More Kind Than Home, Cash paints a picture of life in small town North Carolina and follows the exploits of two small boys whose curiosity takes them to a place they were never meant to be.  It changes their lives forever.  A review by the Washington Post states, “Cash adeptly captures the rhythms of Appalachian speech, narrating his atmospheric novel in the voices of three characters . . . The story has elements of a thriller, but Cash is ultimately interested in how unscrupulous individuals can bend decent people to their own dark ends.”  A North Carolina native, Cash made a stunning debut with this novel of hate and hope in the mountains of North Carolina.

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Previous Selections


 2015-2016 Selection:  Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

 Frazier Teaching and Reading Resources






 2014-2015 Selection:  Chasing Utopia:A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni

 Giovanni Teaching and Reading Resources






 2013-2014 Selection:  Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

 In His Own Words
 Hickam Teaching and Reading ResourcesHickam Teaching and Reading Resources






 2012-2013 Selection:  Affrilachia by Frank X Walker

 Walker Teaching and Reading Resources







 2011-2012 Selection:  Serena by Ron Rash

 In His Words In His Words





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 2010-2011 Selection:  In Country by Bobbi Ann Mason

 In Her Words In Her Words