One Book, One Community’s 2019 Selection Follows Story of Immigrant Family

Share your passion for reading through the month of November by joining Richland Library for One Book, One Community. The community-wide initiative encourages everyone to read the same book at the same time, and this year, the pick is Min Jin Lee's Pachinko.

Get ready to dive into the 2019 selection together - whether it's grabbing a copy or joining a book group. Also, don't miss the chance to Meet the Author: Min Jin Lee. The after-hours event is taking place from 7 - 9:30 p.m., Friday, November 15 at our Main location (1431 Assembly Street).

Known as a popular pick among book groups nationwide, Pachinko is a prior National Book Award finalist and a pick for the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. The timely read follows four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family, who are exiled from their homeland, and it showcases their struggles surrounding faith, family and identity in 20th century Japan.

In a review, the New York Times explains, "Pachinko is about outsiders, minorities and the politically disenfranchised... Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative. Small details subtly reveal the characters' secret selves and build to powerful moments."

One Book, One Community has spread to more than 500 cities since its inception in 1998. It's made possible, thanks to our partnership with One Columbia.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email

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