The "One Book" project
2013-14 book is "Land of Promise, Land of Tears"
The voters have chosen Land of Promise, Land of Tears, a novel written by Jerry L. Twedt,
as One Book for 2013-14.
Set on the Iowa prairie in 1869, the novel presents nine months in the lives of Ole and Helena Branjord and their children. Ole is a Norwegian immigrant; a kind, gentle man who questions his ability to provide for and protect his family. His wife, Helena, a native of Finland, was forced at the age of sixteen to find work in Norway as a serving girl and milkmaid. There, she made a powerful enemy who also has emigrated to America and lives just miles from her. The novel examines the joys, difficulties, trials and tragedies of living on the Iowa prairie in the mid-1800s,
Upcoming One Book events
Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30 pm – One Book film “Sweet Land” viewing and discussion (Kruse Main Hall, Hamilton Auditorium).
Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 - 7 pm – One Book discussion (Barlow Library).
Getting a copy of the book
Copies of Land of Promise, Land of Tears are located at the ECC Osgood Library and the Robert W. Barlow Public Library in Iowa Falls.
About the One Book project
The One Book project, an idea originated by the Washington Center for the Book, is an opportunity for communities to read and discuss a book together. Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA, has formed partnerships with the Robert W. Barlow Memorial Library in Iowa Falls, Dr. Grace O. Doane Alden Public Library, and groups and organizations in the surrounding communities, such as the American Legion, Hardin County Recreational Trails, and Iowa Valley Continuing Education. The One Book partnership strives to increase interaction among ECC students and local community members. Through discussion groups and activities planned throughout the fall, participants will develop knowledge and understanding about various people and cultures, as well as increasing overall literacy and joy of reading.
Academically, ECC faculty pair book topics with classroom projects and discussions. The Barlow and Doane Libraries include the One Book title in their monthly book discussions. Movies, lectures, panel discussions, and other activities are open to both students and any interested readers, both on the ECC campus and at the public libraries, as well other venues throughout the community.
For more information
For more information about the One Book Project at Ellsworth Community College, contact Michael Rottink, ECC English instructor.