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Another Brooklyn Community Read-Aloud

Join us for a very special One Book, One Philadelphia event Big Blue Marble style - a community read aloud of Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn.

Some of our favorite local writers will be reading aloud the entire book, which should run about 3 hours. One Book, One Philadelphia staff will be on hand to introduce their program, and we'll have plenty of warm drinks and snacks on hand.

Another Brooklyn is a short but complex story that arises from simmering grief. It lulls across the pages like a mournful whisper. “For a long time, my mother wasn’t dead yet,” the narrator begins, which perfectly conveys the novel’s suspended sorrow. Now an anthropologist who studies the way different cultures honor their dead, August is an adult looking back at her adolescence in the 1970s. She came to Brooklyn with her younger brother two decades earlier when their father hoped they could all start a new life away from the tragedies that shattered their family back in Tennessee.