Book Club asks: ‘Which book would you save?'
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One book to save. That's all. Just one.
The organizers behind the fourth annual Virginia Yerxa Community Read have asked, "Which book would you save?"
The answers are seemingly as varied as there are books: everything from the Bible to "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran and "The Stand" by Stephen King.
There is even one vote for a US history text.
The difficult choice is based on this year's selection for the Community Read: "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury.
The book takes readers into a futuristic American society where books are banned, and if discovered, firemen come and burn the house down.
So organizers of the spring event, which has featured "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Moby Dick" and the "Grapes of Wrath" in its first three years, ask what is the one book you would save if your house was burning.
"This is very unfair," complains one respondent, Drew Cheney. "Choosing one book is so hard! If it was my bookshelf that was burning, I'd have to pull out my ratty copy of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.' The biting commentary on 'The American Way of Life' balances the off-the-wall stories that fill the book.
"I continue to get most of my reading from the local library, so if THAT collection was burning, I'd have a hard time choosing just one book to save."
The Community Read is scheduled for April 27.
A showing of the movie "Fahrenheit 451" starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner will be held that night at the Colusa Theatre.
The Community Read typically has involved an expert on the book coming in to discuss the book, and a number of art and other community projects following the theme of the novel will likely be planned as well.
Before that, however, the Community Book Club will discuss "Fahrenheit 451" at its April 25 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Colusa County Library in Colusa.