The book that Wayne County Reads has selected for its 2019 “season of reading” might be a perfect gift this season.
The 15th book in the annual “one book, one community” program is the New York Times bestseller, Educated by Tara Westover. Educated recounts a young woman’s struggles to gain an education and through that, a way out of her harsh life with her survivalist family.
Free public programs will be held during the month of March 2019, and will focus on lifelong learning and its role in building resiliency.
In addition to discussing selected books’ literary merits, WCR provides programs such as lectures, demonstrations, and films that explore the issues in the books.
The Wayne County Public Library has several copies for lending, with more on the way. An electronic version can also be downloaded from the library’s website.
For those who would like to purchase their own copy, the Books-A-Million store in Goldsboro has this title in stock.
Wayne County Read’s core community partners are Wayne Community College, University of Mount Olive, Wayne County Public Library, Wayne County Public Schools, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Library.
Wayne County Reads was started in 2004. Past selections of Wayne County Reads have included: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Big Fish by Daniel Wallace; Night by Elie Wiesel; Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton; Blood Done Sign My Name by Tim Tyson; Blackbeard: America’s Most Notorious Pirate by Angus Konstam; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time and Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson; The Pleasure Was Mine by Tommy Hays; Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya; The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver; Poetry 180; and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. WCR was on hiatus in 2017.