One Book, One Village - Cast Your Vote!


You Vote. Everyone Reads. We’re ready to hear what you think – we want you to help us choose the book for this year’s One Book, One Village (OBOV) community read. There are three thought-provoking, deeply engaging novels to choose from and once you've read these books, there is no doubt you'll want to discuss them. The author of the selected title will visit Arlington Heights this fall.

Which of the three books will you choose? We can’t wait to find out!

Vote now through April 15 for a chance to win a copy of the chosen book!*
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Cover of Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes
by Mary Beth

A profoundly moving novel about two next door Irish-American neighbors in a suburban town, the bond between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, the intimacy of marriage and the power of forgiveness. This multigenerational family saga that has echoes of Romeo and Juliet is a luminous, heartbreaking and redemptive tale of families at their worst and at their very best.


Mary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA. She was awarded a John S. Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing and has received citations from the National Book Foundation, PEN America and the Hemingway Society. She is the author of The Walking PeopleFever and most recently, Ask Again, Yes, which spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Cover of The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

A deeply felt portrait of a Mexican-American family, there is much to enjoy in Urrea’s highly entertaining family saga. Big Angel, the De La Cruz family’s patriarch, buries his mother even as he himself is dying and as his family gathers to celebrate his 70th, and last, birthday. There is both laughter and introspection in this poignant novel that is very much about time itself, especially the passing of time and the inevitability of death.


Luis Alberto Urrea completed his graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, and the best-selling author of 17 books including The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter. Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, Illinois, where he is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Cover of The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

An irresistible debut novel that follows the parallel stories of three women – two CIA typists-turned-spies and a literary muse in Soviet Russia. This story traces the incredible real-life tale of the Cold War era CIA operation that led to not only the publication of Dr. 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 still 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 Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Day 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.