One Book, One Valley reading initiative underway
Ryan Summerlin February 1, 2013
Let’s read together! A group of local organizations will host a lineup of book-related events for the second annual “One Book, One Valley” initiative. One Book, One Valley is a valley-wide reading and discussion program that encourages all residents to read the same book at the same time to create a community book club. This year’s One Book, One Valley book selection is “Into the Beautiful North,” a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea.
“Into the Beautiful North” tells the fictional story of 19-year-old Nayeli. Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the U.S. when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn’t the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village – they’ve all gone north. While watching the movie The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men – her own “Siete Magnificos” – to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.
Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, “Into the Beautiful North” is the story of an irresistible young woman’s quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.
One Book, One Valley is a combined effort by The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado Mountain College, The Eagle Valley Library District, and the Town of Vail Public Library. Community members are invited to join neighbors and friends for book discussions and special events presented throughout March and April. For information on events, visit www.coloradomtn.edu/onebook.