What is Amsterdam Reads?
Amsterdam Reads is a community read program of the Amsterdam Free Library started in 2007. Community read programs, or “One City, One Book” programs attempt to get everyone in a city to read and discuss the same book. The first such program started in Seattle Washington in 1998. Hundreds of community read programs have been started in the following years. The Amsterdam program was modeled after programs in Saratoga and Schenectady. Each summer a committee meets to nominate five books. The community votes in the fall and selects the book for the year. Activities related to the book are then held throughout the year. Anyone interested in helping with the program can speak to the librarian.
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner, Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon, Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruegar, Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Stone Cold Dead by James Ziskin, Ghost Boy by Martin Pistoris, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline; The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell; The Closer by Mariano Rivera; An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff; and Lone Survicor by Marcus Lutrell.
Redfield Farm by J.R. Coopey; Elsewhere by Richard Russo; Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Riely; The Orchard by Theresa Weir; And the Mountain Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani;
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford; The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom; An Affinity For Murder (A Lake George Mystery) by Anne White; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Riders Up by Louis Hildebrandt; Rome Haul by Walter D. Edmonds; Mohawk by Richard Russo; My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira; Ragtime by E.L.Doctorow.
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati; Ethan Frome by Edith Warton; The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls; Julie and Julia by Julie Powell; The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
Murder in the Adirondacks: An American Tragedy Revisited by Craig Brandon; Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazrio ; The Orchard by Adele Crockett; A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult; Ironweed by William Kennedy; Endurance: Shackleton’s Voyage by Alfred Lansing; Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl: Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo.
Time and Again by Jack Finney; The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King; Clemente:The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero by David Maraniss; The Joy Luck Cllub by Amy Tan; Zorro: A Novel by Isabel Allende.
*Bold printed book won the election for book of the year.