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One Book, One Philadelphia
The 2014 One Book, One Philadelphia program features two companion book for children, teens, and family reading.
Featured Book
The Yellow Birds - bookcover The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Winner of the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, The Yellow Birds has been compared to Tim O’Brien’s classic war novel, The Things They Carried, for its powerful depiction of the truth and tragedy of war. Poet/novelist Powers vividly tells the story of a young soldier struggling to find meaning in his harrowing experiences in Iraq, while suffering profound guilt over his friend and fellow soldier’s death, as well as alienation from community and family upon his return home. According to The New York Times, “Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen.”

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Companion Books
Children of War - book cover Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees* by Deborah Ellis
In this collection of more than 20 interviews with young Iraqi refugees, children describe how their lives have been forever reshaped by war in their homeland. The stories they share are often of fear, displacement, and struggle. While giving voice to these tragic young victims of war, the author highlights their courage, candor, and resilience as they miss their homeland and face an uncertain future. 

*Recommended to One Book readers of all ages for providing important political, cultural, and historical context for our 2014 featured selection, The Yellow Birds.

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The Librarian of Basra - book cover The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter
When war comes to Basra, Iraq, Alia Muhammad Baker is determined that the library’s treasure of 30,000 books will not be destroyed.  With the help of her community, she ensures that this irreplaceable collection is not lost.  The Librarian of Basra is based on the true story of a remarkable woman.

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