All Henrico Reads

 
The Distance Between Us, a memoir, by Reyna Grande. Meet the author April 11 at 7 pm, at Glen Allen High School

Our All Henrico Reads 2018 Featured Book

The Distance Between Us is a memoir of award-winning Mexican-American author and motivational speaker Reyna Grande, whose story “captivates and inspires” (Publisher’s Weekly) with an unflinching look at the author’s youth, both before and after she immigrated to the United States from Mexico.

The author recounts her childhood growing up in extreme poverty in Mexico. After her parents leave to pursue opportunities in the US, Reyna and her siblings are left with an uncaring family member. At age nine, she enters the US as an undocumented immigrant, joining her father. She soon learns that this new life in America—as well as her father—are not quite what she imagined. She is faced with new difficulties, including navigating the US educational system, and her father’s alcoholism and violence.

Reyna finds refuge in reading and writing, inspired by Latina authors. She breaks free from her violent family life and pursues a college degree, and eventually an MFA in Creative Writing, the first person in her family to obtain higher education.

This is a difficult but ultimately inspiring read, from an author who has established herself as an important voice for Latino immigrants at a time when immigration is at the forefront of our national discussion. The Distance Between Us is “a book that deserves to be celebrated for its candor and for the courage of the woman who overcame so many obstacles to write it.” (Los Angeles Times)

— adapted from the author’s website

Praise for The Distance Between Us

“The Distance Between Us is … akin to being the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”
— Los Angeles Times

“An important piece of America’s immigrant history.”
— BookPage

“Accomplishes one of the great things books can do: make an abstract idea real.”
— Christian Science Monitor

“A deeply personal coming-of-age story that extols the power of self-reliance and the love of books.”
— Los Angeles Review of Books

“A standout immigrant coming-of-age story.”
— Kirkus Reviews

More about the author  |  More titles by Reyna Grande


Get the book

Find The Distance Between Us in the HCPL Catalog
Find The Distance Between Us in HCPL Overdrive

Books will be also available for sale from BBGB Books, both before and at the April 11 event.


Enter to win a signed copy

Visit your library after February 1 and fill out an entry slip for a chance to win your own copy of The Distance Between Us signed by the author.

Thank you to Shared Knowledge Literacy Foundation for donating the prize copies of the book.


Book discussions

Our libraries have lots of opportunities to meet and discuss this year's featured title. We hope you will join us!

Feb. 7, Wed. 7:00 PM Twin Hickory
Feb. 12, Mon. 1:00 PM Gayton
Feb. 26, Mon. 7:00 PM North Park
Mar. 6, Tue. 7:00 PM Glen Allen
Mar. 12, Mon. 7:30 PM Gayton
Mar. 13, Tue. 3:00 PM Varina
Mar. 14, Wed. 1:00 PM Twin Hickory
Mar. 14, Wed. 7:00 PM Sandston
Mar. 20, Tue. 1:00 PM Libbie Mill
Mar. 20, Tue. 7:00 PM Libbie Mill
Mar. 20, Tue. 7:00 PM Tuckahoe
Mar. 26, Mon. 7:00 PM Twin Hickory

Author visit and book signing

Glen Allen High School

April 11, Wednesday, 7-8:30 PM
Doors open 6:15 PM
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen

In partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, we are proud to host author Reyna Grande for an informal discussion of her book and writing career. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or admission fee are required. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Before the evening's program begins, be sure to enter our drawing to win door prizes donated by the Friends of Henrico County Public Library. Entrants must be present at the event to win.

The author's featured book will be available for sale at the event, as well as other titles. She will sign books following the program.


About All Henrico Reads

All Henrico Reads is an annual reading program in which we encourage the Henrico community to all read the same book, then discuss it together—whether at Henrico Library book discussion groups, or on their own—and join us to hear the author speak at a public event. By bringing people together over a common topic, we aim to encourage a sense of community, promote literacy, and foster a love for the connecting power of literature.

Since 2007, we have partnered with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library to host the author of our featured book at a public event. We thank them for their support.

Previous All Henrico Reads Titles

2017The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
2016One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni
2015Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
2014Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
2013The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
2012 — The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
2011 — Wish You Well by David Baldacci
2009 — Feed by M.T. Anderson
2008 — How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
2007 — Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Thank you for making All Henrico Reads 2017 a success!

The 2018 featured title and author will be The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.

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Our Featured Title

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness is a “fascinating ... touching ... informative ... entertaining” (Daily Beast) book that explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds. –Adapted from the author’s website

See Sy Montgomery discuss The Soul of an Octopus in this video.

Soul of an Octopus Reviews

Science Friday, NPR: "The Soul of an Octopus is an astoundingly beautiful read in its entirety, at once scientifically illuminating and deeply poetic, and is indeed a worthy addition to the best science books of the year."

Scientific American: “Award-winning author Montgomery reveals [octopuses’] beauty. The book takes readers on a vivid tour of their complex inner world... explores their proclivities, their relationships and their intelligence and ultimately tries to deduce whether they possess consciousness... It is hard to come away from this book without a new appreciation for these wonderful creatures.”

American Library Association, 2016 Notable Book, Library Journal: “Naturalist Montgomery (The Good Good Pig) admirably demonstrates the complexity, intellect, and personalities of the octopuses she has come to know at the Boston Aquarium... Her science is accessible but not overly simple, and the details she offers about these creatures bring them into sharp focus: they are sophisticated camouflage artists, can solve puzzles, and show distinct preferences for people, places, and tastes... VERDICT Anyone captivated by the natural world, from interested middle school readers and up, will be engrossed by this account of a strange—and unexpectedly beautiful—animal. “

Kirkus Reviews: “... A fascinating glimpse into an alien consciousness.”

Author Visit and Book Signing

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Wednesday, April 5, 7-8:30 pm 
(Doors open at 6:15 pm)
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen

In partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, we are proud to host New York Times Bestselling author Sy Montgomery for an informal discussion of her book and writing career. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or admission fee are required. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her book, The Soul of an Octopus will be available for sale, as well as her other titles. She will autograph books following the program.


About All Henrico Reads

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that aims to encourage a sense of community and promote literacy. This is our ninth year partnering with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library to host the featured author at a public event. 

Book Discussions

Our libraries have lots of opportunities to discuss our All Henrico Reads featured title, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. We hope you will join us!

Feb. 7, 7:00 pm Glen Allen
Feb. 13, 1:00 pm  Gayton
Feb. 14, 3:00 pm Varina
March 8, 1:00 pm Twin Hickory
March 13, 7:30 pm Gayton
March 20, 7:00 pm Fairfield
March 20, 7:00 pm North Park
March 21, 1:00 pm Libbie Mill
March 21, 7:00 pm Libbie Mill
March 21, 7:00 pm Tuckahoe
March 27, 7:00 pm Twin Hickory

Enter to win a signed copy

Fill out an entry slip at your library beginning February 1 for a chance to win a copy of The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. Thank you to our friends at Shared Knowledge Literacy Foundation for donating the prize copies of the book.


Past years' All Henrico Reads Events: 2015-Tayari Jones, 2016-Chitra Divakaruni
2014-Lee Smith, 2013-Adriana Trigiani, 2012-Garth Stein, 2011-David Baldacci, 2009-M.T. Anderson, 2008/2009- Julia Alvarez

All Henrico Reads 2016

We are excited to announce that author Sy Montgomery will visit Glen Allen High School on April 5, 2017 at 7pm to discuss
the featured 2017 All Henrico Reads title
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness.
More information to come.

Chitra Divakaruni

Our Featured Title

One Amazing Thing tells the story of nine men and women of diverse ages and backgrounds who are trapped in the Indian Consulate of an unnamed American city after an earthquake. As they wait to be rescued, each person is challenged to tell “one amazing thing” from their lives that they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising tales of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself.

“[This] suspenseful tale of nine souls who suddenly don’t know if they will live or die is a tribute — on many levels — to hope and survival … [and] a ringing rebuke to rushes to judgment …”
— Amy Canfield, Miami Herald

“Writing with great sensitivity, Divakaruni presents snapshots that speak volumes …”
Library Journal

Author Visit and Book Signing

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Wednesday, April 13, 7-8:30 pm 
(Doors open at 6:15 pm)
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen

In partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, we are proud to host internationally acclaimed author Chitra Divakaruni for an informal discussion of her novel and writing career. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or admission fee are required. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her novel One Amazing Thing will be available for sale, as well as her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. 


About All Henrico Reads

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that aims to encourage a sense of community and promote literacy. This is our eighth year partnering with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library to host the featured author at a public event. Read the letter from Henrico County Manager, Mr. John Vithoulkas and School Superintendent, Dr. Pat Kinlaw as they invite you to join them for this community event.

Book Discussions

Our libraries have lots of opportunities to discuss our All Henrico Reads featured title. We hope you will join us!

Feb. 8, 1:00 pm  One Amazing Thing Gayton
March 1, 7:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Glen Allen
March 8, 3:00 pm One Amazing Thing   Varina
March 10, 1:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Tuckahoe
March 10, 7:30 pm One Amazing Thing  Tuckahoe
March 14, 7:30 pm One Amazing Thing  Gayton
March 15, 1:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Libbie Mill
March 15, 7:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Libbie Mill
March 23, 7:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Fairfield
Apr. 6, 7:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Sandston
Apr. 13, 1:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Twin Hickory

Check Out a Book Club Kit

We have book club kits that include ten copies of One Amazing Thing and a book discussion binder with a discussion guide. Place the kit on hold and choose at which library it is most convenient for you to pick it up.


Enter to win a signed copy

Fill out an entry slip at your library beginning February 1 for a chance to win a signed copy of One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni. Thank you to our friends at Shared Knowledge Literacy Foundation for donating the prize copies of the book.


Past years' All Henrico Reads Events: 2015-Tayari Jones
2014-Lee Smith, 2013-Adriana Trigiani, 2012-Garth Stein, 2011-David Baldacci, 2009-M.T. Anderson, 2008/2009- Julia Alvarez

Thank you for making All Henrico Reads 2014 a success!

Watch for an announcement soon of our 2015 featured title and author.

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Our Featured Title

Guests on Earth is an engaging historical novel narrated by Evalina Toussaint, who is just thirteen when she is admitted to Highland Hospital, a mental hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936 and Evalina finds herself in the company of some notable fellow patients, including Zelda Fitzgerald, estranged wife of F. Scott, who takes the young piano prodigy under her wing. Ms. Smith shines a light on a complex subject that has strong relevance for today.

Book Trailer | More about the author | More titles by Smith

Book Discussions

Our libraries have lots of opportunities to discuss Guests on Earth and other books by All Henrico Reads featured author Lee Smith, who will visit on April 2. We hope you will join us!

Feb. 3, 1pm Guests on Earth Gayton 
Feb. 4, 7pm  Saving Grace  Glen Allen 
Feb. 18, 7pm  Fair and Tender Ladies Dumbarton 
Mar. 10, 7pm  Guests on Earth  Sandston 
Mar. 10, 7:30pm Guests on Earth Gayton
Mar. 11, 3pm Oral History Varina
Mar. 12, 1pm Guests on Earth Twin Hickory
Mar. 13, 1pm On Agate Hill Tuckahoe
Mar. 13, 7:30pm On Agate Hill Tuckahoe
Mar. 13, 7pm Fair and Tender Ladies Fairfield
Mar. 17, 7pm Guests on Earth North Park
Mar. 31, 7pm Guests on Earth Twin Hickory


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Author Visit and Book Signing

Wednesday, April 2, 7-8:30 pm
(Doors open at 6:15 pm)
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen

In partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, we are proud to host New York Times bestselling author Lee Smith for an informal discussion of her novel and writing career. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or admission fee are required. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her novel, Guests on Earth, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. Come early or stay after the event to purchase delicious coffee drinks from the Cafespresso cart or enter before the event for a chance to win gift certificates from local businesses courtesy of the Friends of Henrico County Public Library.

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What Centers Me Contest

Throughout Guests on Earth the characters used several outlets to help them recover, such as dance, music, art and gardening. Let us know what keeps you centered. Submit a simple statement or an original photo, artwork, writing that represents or explains what quiets your mind.

Your entry may be included on our Flickr and Facebook pages or as part of the slideshow that plays before our April 2nd author event. We will only include your first name and last initial, and only if you give us that info. Otherwise we will not post any names with it. One entry will be selected at random to win an autographed copy of Guests on Earth!

Please email your statement or original photo, artwork or writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 27.

Read (And Hear) All About It!

Thanks to our local media's support of our All Henrico Reads community event! Read the article by Richmond Times Dispatch columnist Bill Lohmann about Lee Smith that appeared in the Sunday, March 30, 2014 Flair Section. And listen to Liz Humes' interview with Lee Smith that aired on WRIR's March 28th Wordy Bird's episode.


Enter to win a free book!

Go to any Henrico County Public Library during the months of February and March and fill out an entry slip for a chance to win a copy of Guests on Earth. One winner per month will be selected at each library by random drawing. No more than one entry per day, please.

Special thanks to the Shared Knowledge literacy foundation for donating the copies of the book.


What is All Henrico Reads?

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that aims to encourage a sense of community and promote literacy. This is our sixth year partnering with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library to host the featured author at a public event.


Past years' All Henrico Reads Events: 2013-Adriana Trigiani
2012-Garth Stein, 2011-David Baldacci, 2009-M.T. Anderson, 2008/2009- Julia Alvarez

Thank you for making All Henrico Reads 2015 a success!

Watch for an announcement soon of our 2016 featured title and author.

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Our Featured Title

Silver Sparrow is a story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families, the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters—the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle—she reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another's lives. At the heart of it all are the two lives at stake, and like the best writers—think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye—Jones portrays the fragility of these young girls with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women, just not as their mothers.

A Women's National Book Association Great Group Read
A Slate Best Book of 2011 Pick
A Library Journal Top Ten Book for 2011
An O: The Oprah Magazine Best Books for 2011 and 2014 Books of Summer selection

"Impossible to put down ."— Los Angeles Times       "Soaring." — Oprah.com

 More about the author | More titles by Jones

Author Visit and Book Signing

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Wednesday, April 1, 7-8:30 pm 
(Doors open at 6:15 pm)
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen

In partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, we are proud to host nationally acclaimed author Tayari Jones for an informal discussion of her novel and writing career. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or admission fee are required. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her novel Silver Sparrow will be available for sale, as well as her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. Come early to enter for a chance to win $100 gift certificates from Red Door Spa, Southern Seasons, and The Jefferson courtesy of the Friends of Henrico County Public Library.


About All Henrico Reads

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that aims to encourage a sense of community and promote literacy. This is our sixth year partnering with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library to host the featured author at a public event. Read the letter from Henrico County Manager, Mr. John Vithoulkas and School Superintendent, Dr. Pat Kinlaw as they invite you to join them for this community event.

Book Discussions

Our libraries have lots of opportunities to discuss our All Henrico Reads featured title. We hope you will join us!

Feb. 2, 1pm Silver Sparrow Gayton 
Feb. 3, 7pm  Silver Sparrow   Glen Allen 
Mar. 9, 7pm  Silver Sparrow Sandston 
Mar. 9, 7:30pm Silver Sparrow Gayton
Mar. 10, 3pm Silver Sparrow Varina
Mar. 11, 1pm Silver Sparrow Twin Hickory
Mar. 12, 1pm Silver Sparrow Tuckahoe
Mar. 12, 7:30pm Silver Sparrow Tuckahoe
Mar. 17, 7pm Silver Sparrow Dumbarton
Mar. 17, 7pm Silver Sparrow and
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Mar. 30, 7pm Silver Sparrow Twin Hickory
Apr. 20, 7pm Silver Sparrow North Park

Check Out a Book Club Kit

We have book club kits that include ten copies of Silver Sparrow and a book discussion binder with a discussion guide. Place the kit on hold and choose at which library it is most convenient for you to pick it up.


Enter to win a signed copy

Fill out an entry slip at your library by March 31 for a chance to win a signed copy of Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. Thank you to our friends at Shared Knowledge Literacy Foundation for donating the prize copies of the book.


Past years' All Henrico Reads Events: 2014-Lee Smith
2013-Adriana Trigiani, 2012-Garth Stein, 2011-David Baldacci, 2009-M.T. Anderson, 2008/2009- Julia Alvarez

Thank You for making this year's All Henrico Reads a success!
2014's featured author will be Lee Smith. For details when they are announced, subscribe to our e-newsletter.
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Our Featured Title

The Shoemaker's Wife begins in the Northern Alps in 1905 and follows the lives of Ciro and Eduardo Lazzari, brothers who grew up in a convent because their widowed mother could not care for them. It's also the story of Enza Ravanelli and her big-hearted family whose financial struggles come to a fateful bend in the road when Enza decides to go to America to earn money. She would not know until a chance meeting in New York that Ciro, a boy she kissed and thought never to see again, had also traveled to America to seek his fortune. What transpires is a classic immigrant success story, but the tale of Enza and Ciro transcends the commonplace because of their great love.

The novel's real-life back story is as arresting as the one Trigiani creates. It's inspired by the love between the author's grandparents, who grew up in the Northern Alps of Italy but did not meet until they emigrated to the United States.

Adapted from USA Today Book Review by Carol Memmott

Book trailer | More about the author | More titles by Trigiani |
Letter from Henrico County Manager & Superintendent of Schools

Book Discussions

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that aims to encourage a sense of community and promote literacy. Our libraries have lots of opportunities to discuss the All Henrico Reads featured title, The Shoemaker's Wife, before or after the author visits on April 24. We hope you'll join us!

Tue., March 5, 7:00 pm, Glen Allen
Tue., March 12, 3:00 pm, Varina
Wed., March 13, 1:00 pm, Twin Hickory
Tue., March 19, 7:00 pm, Dumbarton
Mon., March 25, 7:00 pm, Twin Hickory
Mon., April 1, 7:00 pm, Tuckahoe
Mon., April 8, 7:00 pm, Sandston
Mon., August 5, 1:00 pm, Gayton
Mon., September 9, 7:30 pm, Gayton

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Author Visit and Book Signing
Wednesday, April 24, 7-8:30 pm
Doors open at 6:15 pm
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen

In partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, we are proud to host New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani for an informal discussion of her novel and writing career. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or admission fee are required. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her novel, The Shoemaker's Wife, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Enter to win gift certificates for restaurants, shopping and more!

Come to our evening event on April 24 and visit the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library table before you find your seat. There you can fill out an entry slip for a chance to win gift certificates to great local restaurants, shopping and more!


Cinema Italiano

Throughout March and April, we will be screening our favorite films about Italy and Italian-American culture. See our Events Calendar for times and descriptions, or ask your branch for more information.


Congratulations to our winners!

Congratulations to all our library members who won a copy of The Shoemaker’s Wife during our February and March chance to win at all our libraries. Special thanks to the Shared Knowledge literacy foundation for donating the copies of the book.

Local Trigiani reader explores family connection to Caruso

Our featured All Henrico Reads book has brought the idea of family history closer to home for a lot of readers. For book club member Hester Abbott, reading about the era of Caruso and the Met reminded her of a famous cousin.
Read more on our blog.


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"Before There Was Me"

As a tie-in to this year’s featured book, we are compiling a gallery of photos building on the book’s theme about where we come from, and especially how those before us made their way.

We hope you will share photos of your own parents and relatives from before you were born, or when you were very young. Feel free to include the person’s profession and their relationship to you, first names, place, and/or the year—as little or as much info as you like—that we can include as a caption.

Please email your photos with the Subject “Family Photo” to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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All Henrico Reads 2013
13booksBigStone Big Stone Gap.The first in the trilogy. It's 1978 and 35-year-old Ave Maria Mulligan is the self-proclaimed spinster of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, a sleepy hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. As the local pharmacist, she's been keeping the town folks' secrets for years, but she's about to discover a skeleton in her own family's tidy closet that will blow the lid right off her quiet, uneventful life. Soon she finds herself juggling two marriage proposals, conducting a no-holds-barred family feud, directing the prestigious Outdoor Drama and keeping the town's dysfunctional Rescue Squad on its toes. 13booksBigCherry Big Cherry Holler. In the sequel to BIG STONE GAP, It's been eight years since the town pharmacist and long time spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her new found belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria makes a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she didn't count on was that fate, life, and the ghosts of the past would come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband. The mountain walls that have protected her all of her life cannot spare Ave Maria the life lessons she must learn.
13booksMilk Milk Glass Moon. The third book in the Big Stone Gap series. Transporting us from Ave Maria's home in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Italian Alps, from New York City to the Tuscan countryside, MILK GLASS MOON is the story of a shifting mother-daughter relationship, of a daughter's first love and a mother's heartbreak, of an enduring marriage that contains its own ongoing challenges, and of a community faced with seismic change. 13booksHome2 Home to Big Stone Gap. Nestled in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the town of Big Stone Gap has been home for Ave Maria Mulligan Machesney and her family for generations. She's been married to her beloved Jack for nearly twenty years, raised one child and buried another, and run a business that binds her community together. But Ave Maria has reached a turning point. When a friend's postcard arrives with the message "It's time to live your life for you," Ave Maria realizes that it's time to go in search of brand-new dreams. But before she can put her foot on the path, her life is turned upside down.
 13booksVeryValen  Very Valentine. In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to thirty-three-year old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family’s old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin. Very Valentine is the first novel in a trilogy.  13booksBrava  Brava, Valentine. Very Valentine, an instant New York Times bestseller, introduced the contemporary family saga of the Roncalli and Angelini families, artisans of handcrafted wedding shoes in Greenwich Village since 1903. Valentine’s dreams are dashed when Gram announces that Alfred, Valentine’s only brother and nemesis, has been named her partner at Angelini Shoes. Mentor and pattern cutter June Lawton guides her through her power struggle with Alfred, while best friend and confidante Gabriel Biondi moves into 166 Perry Street, transforming her home and point of view.
13booksLucia Lucia, Lucia. the enthralling story of a passionate, determined young woman, living in 1950s New York City, whose decision to follow her heart changes her life forever. Forced to choose between duty to her family and her own dreams, Lucia Sartori finds herself in the midst of a sizzling scandal in which secrets are revealed, her beloved career is jeopardized, and the Sartoris’ honor is tested. 13booksQueen The Queen of the Big Time. This heartfelt story of the limits and power of love chronicles the remarkable lives of the Castellucas, an Italian-American family, over the course of three generations – from 1800s Italy to twentieth Century life in Roseto, Pennsylvania. Nella, the middle daughter of five, aspires to a genteel life “in town,” far from the rigors of farm life.
13booksRococo Rococo. Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. To date, Bartolomeo has hand-selected every chandelier, sconce, and ottoman in OLOF, so when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man for the job. From the dazzling shores of New Jersey to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to luscious Santa Margherita on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent, sophistication, and his aesthetic vision to his hometown.    

Non-Fiction Books

13booksCooking Cooking with My Sisters: One Hundred Years of Family Recipes, from Bari to Big Stone Gap. For the Trigianis, cooking has always been a family affair-and the kitchen was the bustling center of their home, where folks gathered around the table for good food, good conversation, and the occasional eruption. Like the recipes that have been handed down for generations from mother to daughter and grandmother to granddaughter, the family’s celebrations are also anchored to the life and laughter around the table. We learn how Grandmom Yolanda Trigiani sometimes wrote her recipes in code, or worked from memory, guarding her recipes carefully. 13booksDont Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lesson from My Grandmothers. Adriana Trigiani shares the wisdom handed down to her from her unforgettable grandmothers, Lucia and Viola, which she began collecting for her own daughter—with readers everywhere. Encouraging her readers to take risks but to play it smart, to follow their hearts while keeping their heads, Don’t Sing at the Table is essential for anyone who has wished they could turn to someone older and wiser to ask, “How did you do it?” (text courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers)

Young Adult Books

13booksViolaReel Viola in Reel Life.First in the series. When fourteen-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade, she overcomes her initial reservations as she makes friends with her roommates, goes on a real date, and uses the unsettling ghost she keeps seeing as the subject of a short film—her first. 13booksViolaSpot Viola in the Spotlight. Second in the series. Viola is finally where she belongs—back home in Brooklyn. With two whole months of nothing to do but hang with her two best friends, Andrew and Caitlin, this is going to be the best break ever! But her BFFAA, Andrew, has started acting weird around her, and a new boyfriend has her friend Caitlin ditching her every chance she gets. When Viola’s roommates from Prefect Academy show up for a visit, she starts to wonder—is Brooklyn where she wants to stay? When a tragic event shakes everyone’s world, Viola realizes it’s not where she belongs that matters—it’s who she’s with that really counts. (text courtesy of HarperTeen)