One Book, One Flossmoor
Join Our Virtual Book Club
One Book, One Flossmoor is a virtual reading campaign in which we invite the community to come together around one selected book to share the reading experience, conversations and discussions surrounding the shared story. All of the free copies have been claimed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate! Sign up here! Additional copies can be found on the Flossmoor Library Libby App or purchased at Bookie’s in Homewood or on Amazon.com.
For our inaugural virtual book club, the Village of Flossmoor, in partnership with the Flossmoor Public Library, has selected Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes.
Shonda Rhimes is an American television producer, television and film writer, and author. She is best known as the showrunner — creator, head writer, and executive producer— of the television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice, and the political thriller series Scandal.
Born in Chicago and raised, in-part, in Park Forest, Rhimes is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School. This connection to our community is a large reason Year of Yes was selected, along with the inspirational messages scattered throughout the autobiographical book.
“There’s real value in the experiences Rhimes shares… When, for example, she discusses learning to take better care of herself, the memoir feels honest, raw and revelatory.” – The Washington Post
“Small, charmingly odd, inspirational stories…Quite simply, it’s a book about how she learned to take care of herself, and how you might be able to as well. Welcome your new life coach, Shonda Rhimes.” – Vulture
“Revealing and delightful.” – New York Daily News
According to Amazon, Year of Yes is a "poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir that explores Rhimes’ introverted life before her Year of Yes — from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her". The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun, when Rhimes forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud and love her truest self.
Visit www.theyearofyesbook.com for a complete reading guide, questions to spark discussion, and other resources.
You can also purchase a companion journal to chronicle your own experience with the Year of Yes.
Virtual Book Club via Zoom on July 16
Our kickoff date for One Book, One Flossmoor is June 12. Start reading now and then join our book discussion on July 16, even if you haven’t completed the book! Details for the Zoom call will be posted prior to the event.
Read with Your Book Club
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Additional Engagement Pieces
Audiobook via Audible narrated by Shonda Rhimes.