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All Iowa Reads Book Discussion

Discuss "Digging to America" at the Decorah Public Library.
When Apr 24, 2008
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where in the Mezzanine
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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The Decorah Public Library will hold a book discussion of the 2008 All Iowa Reads selection, Digging to America by Anne Tyler on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mezzanine Gallery.

No registration is required for the discussion.  Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the front desk on a first come, first served basis beginning the first week of April.  Participants wishing to purchase a copy can contact a local book seller.

In Digging to America, two very different families meet at a Baltimore airport while waiting for the arrival of the children they adopted from Korea.  The Donaldsons are loudly American, with banners, video cameras, and baby gear.  The Yazdans are a more reserved Iranian-American family.  Despite their differences, the families become friends, and each year they hold "Arrival Parties" to commemorate the day at the airport.  At these overdone, somewhat awkward gatherings, the families strengthen their ties to one another even as their cultural differences become more apparent.  As the years progress and their lives become more intertwined, they are forced to reexamine their values and assumptions about being American.

In its review of the book, Library Journal (April, 2006) notes that Tyler's book is "a touching, well-crafted tale of friendship, families, and what it means to be an American."

Author Anne Tyler, born in Minnesota and raised in North Carolina, is an award-winning novelist who specializes in stories about contemporary family life.  In 1986 her book The Accidental Tourist won a National Book Critics Circle Award, and in 1988 it was made into a film.  She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for her novel Breathing Lessons.  Tyler has written 17 novels and has had several short stories published in The New Yorker and The Saturday Evening Post.

All Iowa Reads is a program of the Iowa Center for the Book at the State Library of Iowa.  The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year.  For more information about the 2008 All Iowa Reads selection, visit

Contact Christina at the Decorah Public Library, 382-3717 for more information.

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