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Route 1 Reads: Biographies/Memoirs (2017)

Take a literary tour of US Route 1 from Maine to Florida including a short detour into Delaware. Browse the titles below or check with the Reference Librarian at your Delaware Public Library.

Route 1 Reads in the Delaware Library Catalog

All books on this list are either written by an author from the state or about someone from the state.

Great Lakes Reads

Great Lakes Reads is a project of the Great Lakes state Centers for the Book:   Illinois,  Indiana,  Michigan,  Minnesota,  New York,  Ohio,  Pennsylvania, and  Wisconsin, with participation by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization.

Books for the “Great Lakes Reads” list were selected by each state, and province, that borders a Great Lake. The chosen works, all by authors either from or residing in each location, highlight the state’s relationship with its lake and the communities surrounding it.

The Delaware Center for the Book, established in 2003, is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Today, there is a State Center for the Book in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These Center for the Book affiliates carry out the national Center's mission in their local areas, sponsor programs that highlight their area's literary heritage and call attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries.

Rt. 1 Reads

The State Centers for the Book linked by US Route 1, which extends from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, are joining together to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states/commonwealths for readers traveling this major and meandering highway.

The Delaware Center for the Book asks readers to take a short detour into Delaware on their way from Pennsylvania into Maryland and read "Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Delawarean Bryan Stephenson, a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time