Recently, the city announced a major initiative called One Book, One City (see Justin Jest"s exposÈ on the process elsewhere on this page), to get the citizens of Indianapolis all reading the same book.
On Nov. 18, program officials will announce Indy's 25, a list of 25 books based on Indy residents' recommendations. The final choice will be announced in mid-December. Throughout January, residents can participate in book discussions and programming at libraries and other locations. One Book, One City is similar to other citywide reading initiatives in other cities; for example, participants in Chicago read To Kill a Mockingbird.
We here on the Antennae page know our rest-of-NUVO "colleagues" like to read books and will have numerous suggestions, such as Lois Lowry's The Giver. However, we believe the emphasis ought to be on the local.
What follows is a list of locally-penned or relevant works:
Beltway Blues: No, it's not about Washington, but about I-465, and the ways in which attempts to re-name it only reinforce the image of Hoosiers as rubes.
My Life as a Developer: Tell-all memoir by Bart Peterson.
I Tripped on the Light and It was Fantastic: Tell-all memoir by Jim Irsay.
Blades: ExposÈ on the Jim Irsay/helicopter controversy.
Let Your Entrepreneurial Spirit Be Your Spirit-Guide: Self-help/ mysticism by Crystal DeHaan.
Mein Kampfire: An outdoor recreation story about cannibalism in the far north tundra of Indiana.
Fat and Flatulence: An epic tale of obesity and provincialism in the Hoosier state.
To Kill a Rockinghorse Winner: A chilling tale of riverboat gambling on the Ohio River.
Me & I-69: Salacious memoir of a senior citizen.
Follow the Small-Mindedness: The madcap adventures of Puritanic potentates in Noblesville.
Slaughterhouse-3: Kurt Vonnegut"s timeless tale of war - condensed for easy readability.
The Magnificent Yambersons: Classic story of motor-mouths and other overly loquacious Hoosiers.
Sister Drew Carrie: True story of a transgendered Hoosier socialite who made a name for him/herself as a vaudevillian performer in the 1880s.
Abridged Too Far: Haiku News - all the news that"s fit to fit into 17 syllables.
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