Suggested One Read: How to Read the Air

Book cover for How to Read the Air by Dinaw MengestuCritically acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu describes the immigrant experience in hauntingly lovely prose in “How to Read the Air,” our next One Read nomination. This is the story of Jonas, who leaves behind his marriage and job in New York to recreate his mother and father’s road trip taken 30 years previously. Along the way he weaves together a family history that will take him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents’ youth to his life in the America of today.

Our nominator writes, “In gorgeous language, Mengestu explores the disintegration of relationships, the effects of abuse, the difficulties of immigration and the loss of one’s culture.”

Thank you to everyone who suggested books to be considered for the 2013 One Read program. As the reading panel begins its work, we will continue to highlight nominated titles so you can learn what others in the community are reading and discussing.

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