Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

“Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” by Amy Ellis Nutt, is the book for this year's annual One Book One Valley. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The 14th annual One Book One Valley community read program kicks off this week. Fifteen public libraries throughout the region and White Birch Books are pleased to announce that this year’s book is “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” by Amy Ellis Nutt.

Each participating library has multiple copies of the book to lend, and White Birch Books has plenty in stock so any interested reader is encouraged to seek out a copy. Book discussions will be held at most participating libraries and at White Birch Books in North Conway.

Participating libraries are Bartlett, Bridgton, Maine, Brownfield, Maine, Charlotte Hobbs Memorial in Lovell, Maine, Chocorua, Conway, Cook Memorial in Tamworth, Effingham, Freedom, Fryeburg, Maine, Jackson, Madison, Moultonborough, North Conway and Samuel H. Wentworth in Sandwich.

In “Becoming Nicole,” Washington Post science reporter Nutt tells the Maines family’s story of raising their transgender child — a journey of resistance, discovery and, as the title explains, “transformation.”

On Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., Nutt will talk about the book and answer questions at Loynd Auditorium at Kennett High School. Plans are for the Maines family to be part of the discussion through a Skype connection. After the talk, readers may have books signed by the author, and copies will be for sale at this event.

In addition to Nutt’s presentation on the 24th, there will be special programs related to the themes in the book held during the months of September and October at various locations throughout the region.

For a full schedule of One Book One Valley events and discussions, go to onebookonevalley.org or pick up a One Book One Valley bookmark at any of the participating libraries or at White Birch Books.

All One Book One Valley programs are free and open to the public thanks to the sustained financial support of participating libraries, Friends of Libraries organizations and White Birch Books. In addition, the One Book One Valley project has received a community project grant from New Hampshire Humanities to fund a large portion of this year’s program.

Friends of Conway Public Library, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is fiscal sponsor for One Book One Valley. People wishing to support next year’s One Book One Valley program may send contributions to Friends of Conway Public Library, 15 Greenwood Ave., Conway, NH 03818, or contribute online at gofundme.com/f/one-book-one-valley-2019.

One Book One Valley is a community read program for the Mount Washington Valley and surrounding area, similar to others offered around the country. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally.

For more information about One Book One Valley, go to onebookonevalley.org, visit or contact any of the participating libraries, or call White Birch Books at (603) 356-3200.

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