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'''The NEA Big Read''', a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. The Big Read brings together partners from across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.  JMRL invites all book lovers in Central Virginia to join The NEA Big Read throughout March 2017. Read and  
 
'''The NEA Big Read''', a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. The Big Read brings together partners from across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.  JMRL invites all book lovers in Central Virginia to join The NEA Big Read throughout March 2017. Read and  
discuss '''''Silver Sparrow'' by Tayari Jones''' and participate in programs about the book, its themes, and its author.
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discuss [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?silver+sparrow '''Silver Sparrow'''] by [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?jones+tayari '''Tayari Jones'''] and participate in programs about the book, its themes, and its author.
  
 
We've selected a list of books, movies, and music in the JMRL collection that will inspire further exploration and enhance your reading.  There is a printable version of the adult list. Find more resources and discussion questions for this book in [http://www.neabigread.org/books/silversparrow/readers-guide/ '''the Big Read Reader’s Guide'''].
 
We've selected a list of books, movies, and music in the JMRL collection that will inspire further exploration and enhance your reading.  There is a printable version of the adult list. Find more resources and discussion questions for this book in [http://www.neabigread.org/books/silversparrow/readers-guide/ '''the Big Read Reader’s Guide'''].
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?leaving+atlanta '''Leaving Atlanta''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?leaving+atlanta '''Leaving Atlanta''']
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?silver+sparrow '''Silver Sparrow''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?silver+sparrow '''Silver Sparrow''']
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?+untelling '''The Untelling''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?+untelling '''The Untelling''']
  
 
==Related Reading - Fiction==
 
==Related Reading - Fiction==
  
 
*F Leavitt, Caroline
 
*F Leavitt, Caroline
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?cruel+beautiful+world '''CRUEL, BEAUTIFUL WORLD''']  
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?cruel+beautiful+world '''CRUEL, BEAUTIFUL WORLD''']  
 
:Similar in tone to ''Silver Sparrow'', this is a coming-of-age story of two sisters in the 1960s, one of whom goes missing.
 
:Similar in tone to ''Silver Sparrow'', this is a coming-of-age story of two sisters in the 1960s, one of whom goes missing.
  
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*Murphy, Jennifer
 
*Murphy, Jennifer
:I LOVE YOU MORE
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?I+LOVE+YOU+MORE '''I LOVE YOU MORE''']
 
:When Picasso's father is murdered, her mother is suspected of the crime, until it's discovered that Picoasso had a second and third wife. The women say they have never met one another, but Picasso knows that this isn't the truth - in this mystery featuring family secrets and betrayal.
 
:When Picasso's father is murdered, her mother is suspected of the crime, until it's discovered that Picoasso had a second and third wife. The women say they have never met one another, but Picasso knows that this isn't the truth - in this mystery featuring family secrets and betrayal.
  
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?thirteenth+tale '''THE THIRTEENTH TALE''']
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?thirteenth+tale '''THE THIRTEENTH TALE''']
 
:The enigmatic author Vida Winter with multiple identities finally allows a biographer write the truth about her past which she had thought she’d buried for good. Biographer Margaret Lea, whose own birth is shrouded in mystery, is mesmerized by her tales and both women are transformed by truths uncovered.
 
:The enigmatic author Vida Winter with multiple identities finally allows a biographer write the truth about her past which she had thought she’d buried for good. Biographer Margaret Lea, whose own birth is shrouded in mystery, is mesmerized by her tales and both women are transformed by truths uncovered.
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*F Sittenfeld, Curtis  
 
*F Sittenfeld, Curtis  
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SISTERLAND '''SISTERLAND''']
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SISTERLAND '''SISTERLAND''']
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Barber Shop
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*Barber Shop
  
Beauty Shop
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*Beauty Shop
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?good+hair '''Good Hair (2009)''']
  
Good Hair
 
  
 
==Books for Teens==
 
==Books for Teens==
  
TEEN READ SELECTION:  
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'''''TEEN READ SELECTION:''''' [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?make+lemonade '''MAKE LEMONADE'''] by Virginia Euwer Wolff
*YA Wolff, Virginia Euwer
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?make+lemonade '''MAKE LEMONADE''']
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'''''RELATED READS:'''''
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*YA Arnold, David
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mosquitoland'''MOSQUITOLAND''']
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:When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane
 +
 
 +
*YA Booth, Coe
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?kendra '''KENDRA''' ]
 +
:High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother.
 +
 
 +
*YA Bowers, Laura
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?beauty+shop+for+rent '''BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT: FULLY EQUIPPED, INQUIRE WITHIN''' ]
 +
:Raised by a great-grandmother and a bunch of beauty shop buddies, fourteen-year-old Abbey resolves to overcome her unhappy childhood and disillusionment with the mother who deserted her.
 +
 
 +
*YA Draper, Sharon
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?forged+by+fire '''FORGED BY FIRE''' ]
 +
:Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.
 +
 
 +
*YA Flake, Sharon
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?skin+i'm+in'''THE SKIN I’M IN''' ]
 +
:Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about to love who she is and what she looks like.
 +
 
 +
*YA Flying
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?flying+lessons+and+other+stories ''' FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES ed. By Ellen Oh''']
 +
:From basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.
 +
 
 +
*YA Hunt, Lynda Mullaly
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?one+for+the+murphys '''ONE FOR THE MURPHYS''' ]
 +
:After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love
 +
 
 +
*YA Kadohata, Cynthia
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?outside+beauty'''OUTSIDE BEAUTY''']
 +
:Thirteen-year-old Shelby and her three sisters must go to live with their respective fathers while their mother, who has trained them to rely on their looks, recovers from a car accident that scarred her face.
 +
 
 +
*YA Knowles, Johanna
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?PEARL'''PEARL''' ]
 +
:After fifteen-year-old Bean's beloved grandfather Gus dies, she discovers uncomfortable secrets about him, her mother, and the father she has never known.
 +
 
 +
*YA Madonia, Kristen-Page
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?fingerprints+of+you '''FINGERPRINTS OF YOU''']
 +
:After spending her life moving from place to place with her single mother, pregnant seventeen-year-old Lemon takes a bus to San Francisco to seek the father she never knew, as well as truths about her mother and herself.
 +
 
 +
*YA McDonald, Janet
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?OFF-COLOR'''OFF-COLOR''' ]
 +
:Fifteen-year-old Cameron living with her single mother in Brooklyn finds her search for identity further challenged when she discovers that she is the product of a biracial relationship
 +
 
 +
*YA Nelson, Jandy
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?i'll+give+you+the+sun '''I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN''' ]
 +
:Inseparable twins Noah and Jude are torn apart by jealousy and family tragedy. Their story is told in alternating chapters, with Noah’s story when the twins are thirteen and Jude’s chapters at sixteen.
 +
 
 +
*YA Oates, Joyce Carol
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?I'll+give+you+the+sun'''FREAKY GREEN EYES''' ]
 +
:Fifteen-year-old Frankie relates the events of the year leading up to her mother's mysterious disappearance and her own struggle to discover and accept the truth about her parents' relationship.
 +
 
 +
*YA Sharenow, Rob
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?my+mother+the+cheerleader'''MY MOTHER THE CHEERLEADER''' ]
 +
:Thirteen-year-old Louise uncovers secrets about her family and her neighborhood during the violent protests over school desegregation in 1960 New Orleans.
 +
 
 +
*YA Smith, Sherri L.
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?FLYGIRL'''FLYGIRL''' ]
 +
:Ida Mae, an eighteen-year-old light-skinned African American, passes herself off as a white woman and has to hide her pilot father’s identity in order to be allowed to fly as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II.
 +
 
 +
*YA Sonnenblick, Jordan
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?falling+over+sideways '''FALLING OVER SIDEWAYS''' ]
 +
:Harassed at her middle school, not taken seriously at home, and with a "perfect" older brother, Matthew, to live up to, thirteen-year-old Claire has always felt like her life was cursed--then one morning, when she and her beloved father are talking at breakfast, her father suddenly falls over with a stroke, and suddenly everything changes.
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 +
*YA Sutton, Kelsey
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?lonely+ones'''THE LONELY ONES''' ]
 +
:The stress of her father's job loss causes Fain to feel invisible at home and in her new school, but she escapes with the monsters of her imagination until a family crisis and a human friend cause her to reconsider.
 +
 
 +
*YA Woodson, Jacqueline
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?after+tupac+&+d+foster '''AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER''' ]
 +
:In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
 +
 
 +
*YA Zarr, Sara
 +
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?how+to+save+a+life '''HOW TO SAVE A LIFE''' ]
 +
:Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.
 +
 
  
 
==Books for Youth==
 
==Books for Youth==
  
LITTLE READ SELECTION:
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LITTLE READ SELECTION: [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gone+crazy+in+alabama '''GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA'''] by Rita Williams Garcia
*J Williams Garcia, Rita
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gone+crazy+in+alabama '''GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA''']  
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''Chapter Books''
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'''''Chapter Books'''''
  
 
*J DiCamillo, Kate
 
*J DiCamillo, Kate

Revision as of 19:22, 1 February 2017

Article in Themes and Big Read categories.

The NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. The Big Read brings together partners from across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. JMRL invites all book lovers in Central Virginia to join The NEA Big Read throughout March 2017. Read and discuss Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones and participate in programs about the book, its themes, and its author.

We've selected a list of books, movies, and music in the JMRL collection that will inspire further exploration and enhance your reading. There is a printable version of the adult list. Find more resources and discussion questions for this book in the Big Read Reader’s Guide.

About the Author

Read the official NEA Big Read bio to Tayari Jones.

Read Jones's biography on her webpage.

Read an article by the author "On Writing With Empathy"

Read NPR's interview with Tayari Jones about Silver Sparrow.

Works by Tayari Jones

Related Reading - Fiction

  • F Leavitt, Caroline
CRUEL, BEAUTIFUL WORLD
Similar in tone to Silver Sparrow, this is a coming-of-age story of two sisters in the 1960s, one of whom goes missing.
  • F Moriarty, Liane
A HUSBAND'S SECRET
Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecilia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.
  • Murphy, Jennifer
I LOVE YOU MORE
When Picasso's father is murdered, her mother is suspected of the crime, until it's discovered that Picoasso had a second and third wife. The women say they have never met one another, but Picasso knows that this isn't the truth - in this mystery featuring family secrets and betrayal.
  • F Niffenegger, Audrey
HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY
Two American twin teenagers move into a flat inherited from their aunt near a cemetery in London, but they learn that things may still be alive in the cemetery, including their aunt, in this story centered on secrets and sisterhood.
  • F Oyeyemi, Helen
BOY, SNOW, BIRD
Family secrets, race, and vanity are explored in this retelling of the Snow White tale when a stepdaughter’s dark skin exposes a light-skinned African American family passing for white in a small town in 1950s Massachusetts.
  • F Picoult, Jodi
MY SISTER’S KEEPER
Initially conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her sister fighting leukemia, teenage Kate struggles with moral and familial obligations which have burdened her since birth while living in the shadow of her sister’s needs.
  • F Setterfeld, Diane
THE THIRTEENTH TALE
The enigmatic author Vida Winter with multiple identities finally allows a biographer write the truth about her past which she had thought she’d buried for good. Biographer Margaret Lea, whose own birth is shrouded in mystery, is mesmerized by her tales and both women are transformed by truths uncovered.
  • F Sittenfeld, Curtis
SISTERLAND
Kate has done her best to hide psychic abilities shared by her twin sister Violet and lead a normal life. But when an enormous earthquake hits and Violet publicly predicts one far more worse, Kate must decide how to handle the relationship with her sister and face her own truths.
  • F Shreve, Anita
THE PILOT’S WIFE
When Kathryn’s husband dies in a plane crash, she finds herself at the center of publicity that is stirring up about her husband, and rumors of his secret life.
  • F Udall, Brady
THE LONELY POLYGAMIST
A tragicomic story about Golden Richards, a polygamist with four wives and 28 children, who has a midlife-crisis affair that threatens his family. A beautiful story that tells of characters grappling with the nature of need, belonging, and love.
  • F Ward, Jesmyn
SALVAGE THE BONES
An award-winning story about family and survival shows the journey of four motherless siblings in a coastal Mississippi town preparing for Hurricane Katrina and sacrificing for one another as they deal with teenage pregnancy, a dying litter of prize puppies, and an alcoholic and absent father.

Related Reading - Nonfiction

  • 92 Angelou, Maya
MOM & ME & MOM
This focus on the larger-than-life mother of Maya Angelou, and the relationship they shared, highlights the complicated relationship between mother and daughter.
  • 92 Cleage, Pearl
THINGS I SHOULD HAVE TOLD MY DAUGHTER: LIES, LESSONS, & LOVE AFFAIRS
Fear, indignation, and amazing warmth spread through this outstanding memoir of the 1970s and '80s, much of it in Atlanta, written with the intimacy of a journal, from a gifted writer.
  • 305.896 Coates, Ta-Nehisi
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

Movies and Music

  • Barber Shop
  • Beauty Shop


Books for Teens

TEEN READ SELECTION: MAKE LEMONADE by Virginia Euwer Wolff

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  • YA Arnold, David
MOSQUITOLAND
When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane
  • YA Booth, Coe
KENDRA
High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother.
  • YA Bowers, Laura
BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT: FULLY EQUIPPED, INQUIRE WITHIN
Raised by a great-grandmother and a bunch of beauty shop buddies, fourteen-year-old Abbey resolves to overcome her unhappy childhood and disillusionment with the mother who deserted her.
  • YA Draper, Sharon
FORGED BY FIRE
Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.
  • YA Flake, Sharon
THE SKIN I’M IN
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about to love who she is and what she looks like.
  • YA Flying
FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES ed. By Ellen Oh
From basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.
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ONE FOR THE MURPHYS
After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love
  • YA Kadohata, Cynthia
OUTSIDE BEAUTY
Thirteen-year-old Shelby and her three sisters must go to live with their respective fathers while their mother, who has trained them to rely on their looks, recovers from a car accident that scarred her face.
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PEARL
After fifteen-year-old Bean's beloved grandfather Gus dies, she discovers uncomfortable secrets about him, her mother, and the father she has never known.
  • YA Madonia, Kristen-Page
FINGERPRINTS OF YOU
After spending her life moving from place to place with her single mother, pregnant seventeen-year-old Lemon takes a bus to San Francisco to seek the father she never knew, as well as truths about her mother and herself.
  • YA McDonald, Janet
OFF-COLOR
Fifteen-year-old Cameron living with her single mother in Brooklyn finds her search for identity further challenged when she discovers that she is the product of a biracial relationship
  • YA Nelson, Jandy
I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN
Inseparable twins Noah and Jude are torn apart by jealousy and family tragedy. Their story is told in alternating chapters, with Noah’s story when the twins are thirteen and Jude’s chapters at sixteen.
  • YA Oates, Joyce Carol
FREAKY GREEN EYES
Fifteen-year-old Frankie relates the events of the year leading up to her mother's mysterious disappearance and her own struggle to discover and accept the truth about her parents' relationship.
  • YA Sharenow, Rob
MY MOTHER THE CHEERLEADER
Thirteen-year-old Louise uncovers secrets about her family and her neighborhood during the violent protests over school desegregation in 1960 New Orleans.
  • YA Smith, Sherri L.
FLYGIRL
Ida Mae, an eighteen-year-old light-skinned African American, passes herself off as a white woman and has to hide her pilot father’s identity in order to be allowed to fly as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II.
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FALLING OVER SIDEWAYS
Harassed at her middle school, not taken seriously at home, and with a "perfect" older brother, Matthew, to live up to, thirteen-year-old Claire has always felt like her life was cursed--then one morning, when she and her beloved father are talking at breakfast, her father suddenly falls over with a stroke, and suddenly everything changes.
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The stress of her father's job loss causes Fain to feel invisible at home and in her new school, but she escapes with the monsters of her imagination until a family crisis and a human friend cause her to reconsider.
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AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
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HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.


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THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART
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ALL OF THE ABOVE
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WHEN YOU REACH ME
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