One Book One Middletown

To Kill a Mockingbird - 2016


Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land - 2015







The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - 2014The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow cover

Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance - a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.

Ready Player One - 2013Ready Player One cover image

Ready Player One offers something for all readers. Set in the year 2044, at its heart it's a quest that plays out as a scavenger hunt in a virtual universe. You don't have to be a gamer or understand the 1980's references to enjoy it --it's also a suspenseful romance with an unlikely and loveable hero, a teenage boy named Wade Watts. You will enjoy cheering him on as he tries to beat the evil corporation to the finish line. The suspense will keep the reader riveted and the story of friendship, loyalty and love will warm your heart.


Unbroken - 2012
We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences

UnbrokenA WW II story of Louie Zamperini, a track and field Olympian in the 1930s who was shot down over the Pacific and adrift for over a month until he was captured and held by the Japanese as a POW. A true story of "survival, resilience and redemption".


Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group on Thursdays at 7pm in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Due to such positive responses to this "One Book, One Middletown" program, the writing program has been extended. This series invites veterans to share their own stories in their own voices. All veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and write their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends.

Old Saybrook native Elisabeth Petry is a writer, former journalist and lawyer. Her books include Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family’s Letters and At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry.  Liz has taught college English and conducted a playwriting workshop. She lives in Middletown with her husband, Lawrence Riley, who is a dog trainer and commander of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Middletown Connecticut

Russell Library is proud to join the  Middletown Rotary and the City of Middletown in the One Book, One Middletown literacy project.  The goal of One Book is get a lot of people in the area to read the same book at the same time and then encourage them to talk about it.  By doing so, we hope that more people (especially more young people) will enjoy reading.

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