VOTE Community-Wide Read 2022

Please give us your feedback (yes or no) on the titles that you're interested in having the community possibly read/discuss in the summer of 2022. Descriptions of the options below.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Published in May 2015, 192 pages

Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife. Louis’ daughter lives hours away, Addie’s son even farther. In such a small town, Louis and Addie have known of each other for decades. Both have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change?

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Published in April 2020, 400 pages

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Published in 1938, 416 pages

In an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Published in July 2020, 320 pages

In 1580’s England, during the Black Plague a young Latin tutor falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. In this exceptional historical novel, Maggie O’Farrell imagines the life of William Shakespeare, his wife Ann, and their three children.

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Published in May 2018, 480 pages

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book.