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One Book, One Island

Winner of the 2019 National Book award, The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom, was chosen as this year’s One Book One Island selection for its relatability and accessibility to readers of different ages and backgrounds.

“A book of great ambition…The Yellow House tells a hundred years of [Broom’s] family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities.” (sarahmbroom.com). Broom’s debut memoir is the story of her family and her home in New Orleans. And a story of that city’s pull on her in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Themes of race, discrimination, home, and identity make this a timely, relevant, and essential read for 2021.

For more information on the author and a synopsis of The Yellow House, please visit Broom’s website.

Now in its 15th year, One Book One Island is a community reading project with a mission to connect Nantucket readers through the written word. Because of the generosity of donors, the One Book One Island committee distributes 500 free copies of the book in January and offers ten days of free programs in March.

Selections

2021
The Yellow House (Broom)

2020
The Overstory (Powers)

2019
The Monk of Mokha (Eggers)

2018
TransAtlantic (McCann)

2017
Elephant Company (Constantine Croke)

2016
The Invention of Wings (Monk Kidd)

2015
Enrique’s Journey (Nazario)

2014
To Kill A Mockingbird (Lee)

2013
The Red Garden (Hoffman)

2012
The Maltese Falcon (Hammett)

2011
The Postmistress (Blake)

2010
Coal Black Horse (Olmstead)

2009
American Chica (Arana)
Seedfolks (Fleischman)
Abuela (Dorros)

2008
The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
The Young Man and the Sea (Philbrick)
Island Boy (Cooney)

2007
The Kiterunner (Hosseini)
The Breadwinner (Ellis)
The Librarian of Basra (Winter)