Route 1 Reads Biography and Memoir in 2017
The state centers for the book linked by US Route 1, from Maine to Florida, are joining together to recommend biographies and memoirs which convey the history and/or culture of their regions.
Massachusetts Center for the Book has selected Bobby
Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye (Random House 2016) as this year’s recommended read.
Tye traces his subject’s development from a cold war conservative to a warrior for social justice, describing an arc of one man and of his country in a well-researched and engaging look at Bobby Kennedy in the context of mid-20th century America as it moved from the Eisenhower years through the turbulence of the 1960s.
Read about the rest of 2017’s East Coast tour of biography and memoir here: route1reads.org
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Previous Route 1 Reads Selections from Massachusetts
2016: Hank Phillipi Ryan’s Truth Be Told, an Agatha Award winner and the third in the Jane Ryland series, begins with the investigation of one suburban family’s eviction and quickly expands to matters of larger financial manipulations and cold cases that may be finally closing, all underscored by the desire to satisfy our fundamental need for shelter, for connection, for relationship. R1R Mysteries. Poster
2015: Roland Merullo’s Revere Beach Elegy. In a series of ten loosely connected essays, Merullo describes growing up — and growing beyond — his hometown of Revere, Massachusetts, a north-of-Boston community on U.S. Route 1, home to, among other things, America’s first public beach. The inaugural year of the program.