One Book One Valley 2019

“One book One Valley 2019” Mount Washington Valley’s Community-wide Read  “Becoming Nicole” by Amy Ellis Nutt

Becoming Nicole is the heart-wrenching story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and not disapproval; of a conservative, army-veteran father who overcame his deepest fears to embrace his new daughter; of a loving brother who never gave up supporting his twin sister; and of a town forced to confront its own prejudices. More than that, however, Becoming Nicole is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself.

The 14th annual One Book One Valley community read program kicks off this month. 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.

On Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m., Amy Ellis 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.

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 not-for-profit 501(c)3 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

In addition to Ellis 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. 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, see the website at, visit or contact any of the participating libraries, or call White Birch Books at 603-356-3200.

FMI contact the library at 539-1537 or email: