Writers and Books, Inc. has chosen Name All the Animals by Alison Smith as the 2006 "If All of Rochester Read the Same Book..." selection. It is a true story of an account of grief and secret love: the tale of a family clinging to the memory of a lost child. Name All the Animals is described as an extraordinary memoir which explores the aftermath of a child's death, his parent's enduring romance, the faith of a deeply religious community and the excitement and anguish of a sibling's first love - a taboo relationship that opens up a world beyond the death of her brother.
Written by Rochester native Alison Smith, The New York Times says "Makes time stand still and your coffee go cold beside you." Smith attended Mercy High School and has won numerous awards for Name All the Animals.
I will be using the Book Buddy program with this book in my Introduction to Literature Class. We will begin reading the book in March. If you would like to sign on as a Book Buddy with one of my students to discuss the rich and engrossing themes and characters of this book, please e-mail me at "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"email@example.com as I am establishing my spring syllabus. As always, the Campus Activities Board and I are working together to bring the author to MCC. More information will be forthcoming as that unfolds.