Public Libraries Part of Worldwide Book Club with National Book Award Finalist Memoir
Readers can borrow an evocative autobiography “Tastes Like War” as an ebook or audiobook for free and discuss with global audience
CLEVELAND – May 3, 2023 – Readers around the globe can enjoy a National Book Award Finalist novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From May 3-17, booklovers with a valid public library card can join thousands of others around the globe in borrowing Grace M. Cho’s evocative memoir, Tastes Like War, from their public library. Library card holders may read the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.
This Big Library Read novel is available in more than 22,000 libraries around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During the program, readers participate in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app.
“As community centers that focus on the importance of words—and of making words a publicly accessible gift to all—libraries hold special meaning for me,” said author Grace M. Cho. “If you are one of the patrons participating in this global program, thank you for supporting your local library, and for deciding to read my story.”
Tastes Like War tells the story of Grace M. Cho who grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life. Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia.
Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. Tastes Like War is the 30th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.
Tastes Like War was published as an ebook by The Feminist Press and as an audiobook by Dreamscape Media. The title can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.
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OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves more than 88,000 libraries and schools in 109 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, video and other content. OverDrive empowers libraries and schools by expanding access for all through tireless industry advocacy and consistent innovation. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and TeachingBooks.net, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com
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