One Book, One Middletown was started in 2003 by Middletown Rotary Club member Pat Tucker, to promote literacy and strengthen community ties. Due to her dedicated and able leadership the program expanded over the next twelve years–increasing in area to include Cromwell and Portland, and in visibility and participation throughout the community.
Here are the One Book, One Middletown selections from 2003-2015:
- 2003: The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
- 2004: Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Alborn.
- 2005: The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hussein.
- 2006: My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult.
- 2007: The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls.
- 2008: Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts.
- 2009: Water for Elephants, by Sara Green.
- 2010: The Soloist, by Steve Lopez.
- 2011: The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein.
- 2012: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand.
- 2013: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.
- 2014: The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, by Rita Leganski.
- 2015: Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein.
One Book on the Riverbend, 2016-
- 2016: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.