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2017 TITLE

American Spring

American Spring, by Walter B. Borneman

This is not your old American history book. Walter B. Borneman shakes the dust and cobwebs off the American Revolution and breathes life into the years of revolutionary ferment and war by focusing on the people who experienced them. You’ll feel as if John Hancock and Samuel Adams are your next-door neighbors; you’ll probe the mind of General Gage, the man who was supposed to be keeping a lid on Boston. You’ll see the difficulties the British government had trying to manage colonies that lay across a vast ocean and how their missteps provoked a dream that eventually became a reality. You’ll see, feel, smell, and hear the life of the last quarter of the eighteenth century as if it were happening today and be surprised at its timeliness. Besides gaining an intimate understanding of the conditions that led to the formation of the United States of America from this very accessible, exciting, and rocking good read, you’ll be able to hear more stories of the Revolution from local speakers and perhaps make that field trip that you’ve been putting off to Minuteman National Park, the Old North Bridge, and other places right in our backyard that were such an integral part of the beginnings of our nation.


  • Saturday, January 21 (snow date 2/4), 2 p.m.: Boston Tea Party tea talk and tasting
  • Saturday 3/18, 1 p.m.: Family Movie
  • Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m.: Book Discussion
  • Tuesday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.: Poetry
  • Saturday, April 1, 1 p.m.: Music of the Revolution with Diane Taraz
  • Monday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.: Book Discussion
  • Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m.: Talk: Paul Revere's Ride with Frank Rigg

Events will be held in March and April, 2017 - stay tuned for details, and click here for information on all upcoming library events!




American Nations dinner
2014's American Nations dinner


Past community reads have included:

  • 2016: No Man's Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America, by Elizabeth Samet
  • 2015: Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
  • 2014: American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, by Colin Woodard
  • 2013: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard
  • 2012: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  • 2011: Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers
  • 2010: The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin
  • 2009: The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria

The One City, One Book concept began in Seattle in 1998, when librarian Nancy Pearl asked what would happen if the whole city read the same book. The idea caught on nationwide and has become popular in the Boston area as a way to promote reading, build community, and provoke discussion. Carlisle's program was established in 2009.