Greenwich Reads Together

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Greenwich Reads Together is Greenwich Library’s community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. In 2019, almost 20 community organizations and thousands of Greenwich residents participated in events around the literary classic, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Greenwich Reads Together is supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library.

Greenwich Reads Together: a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book.

GRT Steering Committee

  • Greenwich Library
  • Greenwich Arts Council
  • Greenwich Historical Society
  • Greenwich Alliance for Education
  • Greenwich Pen Women
  • Greenwich Public and Independent Schools
  • Friends of Greenwich Library
  • Perrot Memorial Library
  • Retired Men’s Association (RMA) of Greenwich

Selection Criteria

  • Literary Quality
  • Reflective of Universal Issues
  • Currently in Print and Available in Large Quantities
  • Available in Multiple Formats Including eBook, Audiobook, Large Print, etc.
  • Capable of Generating Thought-Provoking Discussions
  • Lends Itself to Engaging Public Programs
  • Appeals to a Diverse Population
  • Living Author

Previous Greenwich Reads Together Selections

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 HardcoverBy Ray Bradbury
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

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Code Girls

Code Girls Greenwich Reads Together 2018By Liza Mundy
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

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AuthorTalk: Liza Mundy

Listen below to a discussion and Q&A with Code Girls author Liza Mundy at Greenwich Library on Wednesday, November 7:

News of the World

By Paulette Jiles
In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

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AuthorTalk: Paulette Jiles

Author Paulette Jiles spoke to students at Greenwich High School about her novel and GRT 2017 book selection, News of the World. Check out the video below:

Station Eleven

By Emily St. John Mandel
Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

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Check out the discussion with ‘Station Eleven’ author, Emily St. John Mandel, at Greenwich Library from GRT 2016:

And check out the Essay Contest Awards Ceremony from GRT 2016:


By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Separated by differing ambitions after falling in love in occupied Nigeria, beautiful Ifemelu experiences triumph and defeat in America, while Obinze endures an undocumented status in London until the pair is reunited in their homeland 15 years later.

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Boys in the Boat

By Daniel Brown
Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washingtons 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

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When the Emperor Was Devine

By Julie Otsuka
A story told from five different points of view, chronicles the experiences of Japanese Americans caught up in the nightmare of the World War II internment camps.

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By Dave Eggers
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.

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The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel – a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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