At the same time, it gives public libraries and the professionals working there opportunities to engage with readers about the ebook, as well as showcase digital collections and other library resources and programs.
Participating is easy! Do you have a public library card? Great! (And if you don’t, visit your library's website for information on how to get one.) Does your public library use OverDrive to serve your community’s ebook needs? (Most do, but if you aren’t sure, check back September 14-28 to find a participating library near you.) All public libraries in the U.S. currently participating in OverDrive will be ready to lend unlimited copies of the ebook to borrowers during the reading period September 14-28, 2020, which makes it a great pick for your book club. Not a member of a book club? Discuss Book of the Little Axe with us on social media using the hashtag #LTBookPick.
Note: If you borrow an ebook copy on September 28, you will still receive the full lending time allotted by your library.
Cool! But what are we reading?
The Book Pick
Book of the Little Axe
By Lauren Francis-Sharma
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic
Available for download September 14-28
Check back during the reading period to find a participating library near you.
“We chose Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma because it is a strikingly original and richly compelling historical novel which illuminates the roots of America’s dire systemic racism. Francis-Sharma’s profoundly relevant saga will surely inspire meaningful discussions. Book of the Little Axe is also exquisitely well-written, and features a strong and fascinating woman protagonist.”
— Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books, Booklist
Ambitious and masterfully wrought, Lauren Francis-Sharma’s Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.
In 1796 Trinidad, young Rosa Rendón quietly but purposefully rebels against the life others expect her to lead. Bright, competitive, and opinionated, Rosa sees no reason she should learn to cook and keep house, for it is obvious her talents lie in running the farm she, alone, views as her birthright. But when her homeland changes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners—Rosa’s family among them—will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom.
By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Montana with her children and her husband, Edward Rose, a Crow chief. Her son Victor is of the age where he must seek his vision and become a man. But his path forward is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept from him. So Rosa must take him to where his story began and, in turn, retrace her own roots, acknowledging along the way, the painful events that forced her from the middle of an ocean to the rugged terrain of a far-away land.
Discuss Book of the Little Axe on social media using the hashtag #LTBookPick.
A special thanks to Book of the Little Axe’s publisher Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, for their support of the Libraries Transform Book Pick. For more information, please visit the Atlantic Monthly Press website.
The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a collaboration between:
Booklist, the book-review magazine of the American Library Association
OverDrive, lead sponsor of the ALA Library Champions program, whose generous support of Libraries Transform makes the Book Pick possible