About One Book, One Philadelphia
The centerpiece of 2018 One Book, One Philadelphia is Jacqueline Woodson’s poetic novel Another Booklyn. Young August is full of promise and hope when her fragmented family moves from the American South to Brooklyn, New York. While nurtured by friendships with three other neighborhood girls, August comes of age, faces challenges, and chases her dreams. Set in a 1970s transitioning urban landscape, Another Brooklyn is described as “beautifully lyrical” by The Guardian and “powerfully insightful” by The New York Times. The novel has been praised by The Washington Post as one that “mixes wonder and grief so poignantly. Woodson manages to remember what cannot be documented, to suggest what cannot be said. Another Brooklyn is another name for poetry.”
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