2022 One Book One Broomfield Community Survey

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How do individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and values become a community? That is the challenge and reward at the heart of One Book One Broomfield - A program designed to build and connect the Broomfield community through a series of shared experiences, inspired by a common story.

Your input is needed to pick the next book that will be read by the whole community as part of the annual One Book One Broomfield community read in 2022! Voting concludes March 31. The following titles are being considered this year:

  • “The Honey Bus” by Meredith May
  • “The Space Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar
  • “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett

How do individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and values become a community? That is the challenge and reward at the heart of One Book One Broomfield - A program designed to build and connect the Broomfield community through a series of shared experiences, inspired by a common story.

Your input is needed to pick the next book that will be read by the whole community as part of the annual One Book One Broomfield community read in 2022! Voting concludes March 31. The following titles are being considered this year:

  • “The Honey Bus” by Meredith May
  • “The Space Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar
  • “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
  • "The Honey Bus" by Meredith May

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    An unforgettable story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life. Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May. Everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees.

    May turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. The bees became a guiding force in May’s life, teaching her about family and survival, and it was during this pivotal time in May’s childhood that she learned to take care of herself. Part family story, part beekeeping odyssey, “The Honey Bus” is a rich and lyrical memoir of a girl who journeyed into the hive—and found herself. A non-fiction book that reads like fiction, this memoir illustrates the healing powers of nature. Click here to hear the author talk about her book.

  • “The Space Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar

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    “The Space Between Us” is the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash household for more than twenty years.

    A powerful and perceptive literary masterwork, Umrigar's extraordinary novel demonstrates how the lives of the rich and poor are intrinsically connected yet vastly removed from each other, and how the strong bonds of womanhood are eternally opposed by the divisions of class and culture.

  • “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett

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    The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?

    Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, author Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, “The Vanishing Half” considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.

    All book descriptions are from the books' publishers.

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