ONE BOOK, ONE ISLAND 2024

Hello One Book, One Islanders!

1. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
2. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
3. How to Say Babylon, by Safiya Sinclair

After putting these three titles out in a community survey and receiving hundreds of votes, the decisive favorite and our selection for this year’s 2024 One Book, One Island is the The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, from James McBride, award winning musician, screenwriter and author of the bestselling Oprah’s Book Club pick Deacon King Kong, the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird and his landmark memoir and American Classic, The Color of Water, read in schools and universities across the United States.

Kirkus Reviews declares McBrides’s Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, a “boisterous hymn to community, mercy, and karmic justice.”

Heaven and Earth Grocery Store
The Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) nominated Heaven and Earth Grocery Store. The AAN has been a steadfast supporter of OBOI and generally kicks off the event with an opening of a OBOI themed art exhibit. The AAN, like the Book Foundation which chose 2023’s winning title, has been an excellent partner worth recognizing.

Published in 2023, James McBride’s The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store is an adult historical fiction/mystery novel. In 1972, a skeleton found in an old well unravels the hidden secrets of Chicken Hill, a Pennsylvania neighborhood where Jewish and Black communities coexist amidst racial tensions. Chona Ludlow is the Jewish owner of the Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, which shapes the destinies of various characters over the decades. James McBride is a National Book Award winner, and the novel explores themes of community, survival, and justice. Kirkus Reviews says, If it’s possible for America to have a poet laureate, why can’t James McBride be its storyteller-in-chief?
Page Count: 400

OBOI 2024 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Fri, FEB 23 – Read, Return, Repeat
Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street
Visit the Heaven and Earth Grocery Store book display; over 100 copies of the book will be available to borrow, in person or online at nantucketatheneum.org
(Note: this is not a giveaway)

Fri, MAR 15 – OBOI Art Exhibit &
Book Giveaway, while they last! 
Artists Association, 19 Washington 
AAN hosts the opening of the Heaven and Earth Grocery Store Art Exhibit, which will run until early April, on the second floor of the Cecilia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery.

Thurs, MAR 21 – Film Discussion
Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India
Join a library discussion about the 2008 Spike Lee film adaptation of McBride’s Miracle at St. Anna, the story of four members of the U.S. Army’s all-black division who become trapped behind enemy lines in Tuscany, Italy.

Sat, MAR 23 – Book Discussion
Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India
Head Librarian, Ann Scott, leads a round table discussion of Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, with themed refreshments and fun.

Selections

2023
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness (Sy Montgomery)

2022
The Midnight Library (Haig)

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)

Support for One Book, One Island

The program is made possible by funding from the Tupancy-Harris Foundation and the Hale Family Foundation together with financial and staff support from:

Nantucket Atheneum
Mitchell’s Book Corner
Nantucket Historical Association
Yesterday’s Island/Today’s Nantucket
Nantucket Book Foundation
Artists’ Association Nantucket
Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals
Nantucket Community School
The Inquirer and Mirrorand Team Annye Camara

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Please consider supporting One Book, One Island Program. A $100 gift provides 10 additional free books for the community. To donate, or for more information, please contact Ann Scott, Nantucket Atheneum, 508 228 1110