The 2016 One Book, One Philadelphia program features two companion book for children, teens, and family reading.

Featured Book

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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

National Book Award winner Cold Mountain is the acclaimed American epic of a Civil War soldier journeying through a divided country to return to the woman he loves, while she struggles to maintain her father's farm and make sense of a new and troubling world. Coinciding with the East Coast premiere of the opera Cold Mountain, composed by Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer, the choice of the novel Cold Mountain gives One Book, One Philadelphia a unique opportunity to tie in with another major cultural event. Additionally, our choice provides the inspiration to focus on the Civil War, with all its complexities and ramifications. To that end, two adult companion books have been chosen which will offer historical context to our featured book: The Civil War, by Geoffrey Ward with Ric Burns and Ken Burns, gives breadth of knowledge to events precipitating the war, decisive battles, and emancipation; Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup tells the harrowing narrative of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. One Book, One Philadelphia is delighted to bring the city together around these works and featured book Cold Mountain, exploring the intersections of literature and music, history, and current events in an enlightening and extraordinary way.

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Companion Books

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Sounder by William H. Armstrong

This Newbery Medal-winning novel tells the story of a poor Southern sharecropping family and their dog, Sounder. Having little money or resources to buy food, a boy's father takes Sounder out each night to hunt raccoons and possums. But when game grows scarce, the father is forced to resort to desperate measures, with harrowing consequences for himself and his family. Faithful Sounder protects the family at home as the boy embarks on an odyssey to redeem his father's sacrifice.

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Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

This story begins with a seven-year-old enslaved girl being sold from her home. Torn from her family, she has just fabric and needles to take with her. She grows up, learns to sew, and creates "show ways"-beautiful quilts with codes that are maps of the Underground Railroad. Her daughter, and her daughters thereafter, live through slavery and freedom, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights era, passing along their skills for sewing quilts, their knowledge, and their love.

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