One Book, One Village

One Book, One Village 2020 on red background with The Secrets We Kept book cover

Read the book all of Arlington Heights is talking about - The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. This irresistible debut novel was selected as the 2020 One Book, One Village title by a community vote.

One Book, One Village, now in its seventh year, invites the community to read the same book at the same time and share in the experience through related programs and book discussions. 

Copies of The Secrets We Kept are now available for checkout at the library, at the Senior Center or online on ​cloudLibrary. Holds can be picked up on the bookmobile, at the drive-up window or inside the library on the hold shelves.

OBOV 2020 will culminate with a visit by the author on Thursday, November 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Click here to register for this special online event.



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The Secrets We Kept follows the parallel stories of three women – two CIA typists-turned-spies and a literary muse in Soviet Russia. Lara Prescott's debut novel traces the real-life tale of the Cold War-era CIA operation that led to not only the publication of Doctor Zhivago, but also its proliferation around the world. This mission was grounded in the belief that art has the power to shape culture and politics, a theme that resonates today.

Lara Prescott received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She was previously an animal protection advocate and a political campaign operative. Her stories have appeared in The Southern ReviewThe Hudson ReviewCrazyhorseDay One and Tin House Flash Fridays. She won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of The Secrets We Kept. She lives in Austin, Texas.​

Check out this interview with Lara Prescott and learn more about The Secrets We Kept.

Which character did you identify with?  Did you learn something about the Cold War and spies?  Were you aware that the novel Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak was used as an anti-Soviet propaganda?  Discuss all these questions and more when you attend any of our book discussions facilitated by library staff.

Register for any of the following discussions and you will receive an email, one day prior to the discussion, with a link to participate on Zoom.