One Book, One Watertown

This fall, the library is going to launch a community reading program for Watertown called “One Book One Watertown.”

Thanks to a grant from the Watertown Community Foundation and funding from the Library Building Foundation, we’ll be able to buy enough copies of Jhumpa Lahiri’s exiting novel, The Namesake, for everyone in town to read. And we mean everyone! So, stop by over the next couple of months and pick up a copy, because starting in the fall, we’ll be having book discussions, special events, lectures, crafts, food and more.

If you aren’t tempted yet, let me tell you a little bit more about the book. The Namesake is a family history, encompassing two generations of the Ganguli family, an immigrant family that gains and loses more than they expect in their pursuit of the American Dream. There’s the father, Ashoke Ganguli, who leaves Calcutta with his wife Ashima to settle in Central Square, in Cambridge, and their two children, Gogol and Sonali. The book is primarily concerned with the son, Gogol, and how he struggles against his parents cultural values, even though he shares them more than he thinks.

The New York Times called the book, “that rare thing: an intimate, closely observed family portrait that effortlessly and discreetly unfolds to disclose a capacious social vision.”

So get reading! More updates will be posted as we finalize event dates, so stay tuned.


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