An alliance of 16 Centers for the Book along the length of the East Coast today announced that they will celebrate regional literary luminaries through the 2020 Route 1 Reads initiative, a road trip-inspired reading list that explores various genres spanning the network of Center for the Book affiliates located along Route 1. The 16 centers are affiliates of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
An epic novel—based on true events—of love, grief, race, and wealth, charting a single sweltering summer in Atlanta that left no one unchanged On a humid summer day, the phones begin to ring: disaster has struck. Chateau de Sully, a Boeing 707 chartered to ferry home more than one hundred of Atlanta’s most prominent citizens from a European jaunt, crashed in Paris shortly after takeoff. It is the second-deadliest disaster in the history of aviation. Overnight, the city of Atlanta changes.
Zora Neale Hurston$17.99 $16.55
One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston.
Rebecca Dwight Bruff$19.95 $18.35
Moving and inspirational, Trouble the Water reveals the little-known real-life story of Robert Smalls. Born enslaved before the Civil War, Smalls witnesses great privilege and immense suffering alongside his owner's daughter and the dangerous son of a firebrand secessionist. When he's only twelve, he's put to work in Charleston, where he loads ships and learns to pilot a cotton steamer. When the war erupts and his cotton steamer becomes a confederate warship, Robert attempts a harrowing escape to freedom for himself and the people he loves.
Juliet Grames$17.99 $16.55
From Calabria to Connecticut: a sweeping family saga about sisterhood, secrets, Italian immigration, the American dream, and one woman's tenacious fight against her own fate
Christopher Buckley$17.00 $15.64
The latest comic novel from Christopher Buckley, in which a hapless Englishman embarks on a dangerous mission to the New World in pursuit of two judges who helped murder a king
Lisa Grunwald$27.00 $24.30
A magical love story, inspired by the legend of a woman who vanished from Grand Central Terminal, sweeps readers from the 1920s to World War II and beyond.
Gary D. Schmidt$7.99 $7.35
Turner Buckminster hates living in Phippsburg, Maine. Then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart, sassy girl from a poor neighboring community founded by former slaves on Malaga Island. Despite everyone’s disapproval of their friendship, Turner spends time with Lizzie, opening up a world filled with the wonder of Maine. The two discover that town elders, and Turner's father, want to force the people to leave Lizzie's island so Phippsburg can start a lucrative tourist trade there. Trying to save the people, the friends are caught in spirals of disaster that alter their lives forever. Based on a true story.
Grace Metalious$18.95 $17.43
This novel sold over 10 million copies and inspired a film and a television series and, when it was first published in 1956, generated a storm of controversy around a young woman of French heritage living in a small New Hampshire town. Manchester-born author Grace Metalious described the conflict inherent in her novel between image and reality this way: “To a tourist, these towns look as peaceful as a postcard picture. But if you go beneath that picture, it’s like turning over a rock with your foot – all kinds of strange things crawl out.”
In the 1930s, four central Massachusetts towns were flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir as a water source for Boston. Desdemona (Dez) Spaulding is an aspiring artist who lives with her pharmacist husband, Asa, in Cascade, a fictionalized town facing inundation. She is desperate to save her late father’s playhouse, torn by her attraction to a visiting artist, Jacob Solomon, and tasting success with a series of painted postcards of the coming torrent. Cascade is a cohesive look at small towns that unravel because of our thirst for love, ambition, loyalty, betrayal, and, yes, water.
Marie Benedict$15.99 $14.71
Carnegie's Maid by Pennsylvania author Marie Benedict weaves a romantic, secret-laden tale through the letters of an 1863 Irish immigrant who forges her way to prosperity as a maid in the household of Pittsburgh industrialist, Andrew Carnegie. Often likened to the popular TV series Downton Abbey, Carnegie's Maid muses on the personal influences that transformed Carnegie into a leading US philanthropist.
It is set in the 1950's when three planes crashed in Elizabeth, NJ. There was a panic that extended to a Red Scare and a possible alien attack.
Christopher Castellani$27.00 $24.30
July 1953. At a party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. 1963. Frank revisits the tempestuous events of that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan, where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time. Anja lives as a recluse until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only copy of Williams’s unknown final play—written especially for her.
Sujata Massey$15.95 $14.67
Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their inheritance to a charity. Perveen investigates, and realizes her instincts were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill.
Thomas Mallon$16.95 $15.59
In Watergate: A Novel, Thomas Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew before now, moving readers from the private cabins of Camp David to the klieg lights of the Senate Caucus Room, from the District of Columbia Jail to the Dupont Circle mansion of Theodore Roosevelt's sharp-tongued ninety-year-old daughter, and into the hive of the Watergate complex itself.
Ta-Nehisi Coates$28.00 $25.20
Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, a brush with death births a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known. So begins a journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s plantations to desperate guerrillas in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Written by one of today’s most exciting writers, this transcendent work restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.
De'shawn Charles Winslow$26.00 $23.40
Let the people of West Mills say what they will about Azalea “Knot” Centre; they won't keep her from what she loves best: cheap moonshine, 19th-century literature, and the company of men. Knot begins to learn that her freedom has a high price. Alone, ostracized, and cut off from her hometown, Knot turns to her neighbor, Otis Lee Loving, in search of some semblance of family and home. Set in an African American community in rural North Carolina from 1941 to 1987, In West Mills is a small-town story about family, friendship, storytelling, and the redemptive power of love.