One Maryland One Book is an annual program that brings diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. The 2020 book is “The Island of Sea Women” by New York Times bestselling author Lisa See. The book chronicles the lives and friendship between Young-sook and Mi-ja, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju. They become the closest of friends. However, their differences are impossible to ignore: Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position of leading the divers; whereas Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator and will forever carry that mark. From the Japanese occupation of the 1930s and 1940s, World War II, to the Korean War, events will push their seemingly unbreakable bond to its breaking point. This beautifully written and thoughtful novel shines a light on the remarkable haenyeo culture and two women who are a part of it.
The event is co-presented with the Prince George’s Community College Library, PGCMLS Foundation, Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission, and Loyalty Bookstores. One Maryland One Book is a program of Maryland Humanities.
Borrow the book from PGCMLS: print | ebook | audiobook
Purchase a copy from Loyalty Bookstores
One Maryland One Virtual Book Discussions
Branch virtual discussions (Lisa See will only be at the Oct 4, systemwide event.)
Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 pm (Hosted by the Laurel Branch Library)
Tuesday, October 13 at 2 pm (Hosted by the Oxon Hill Branch Library)
Wednesday, October 14 at 7:15 pm (Hosted by the Bowie Branch Library)
Thursday, October 15 at 2 pm (Hosted by the Beltsville Branch Library)
Tuesday, October 20 at 7 pm (Community Discussion, Hosted by Carian Gray and Nancy Love)
Borrow from PGCMLS: print | ebook | audiobook
Purchase from Loyalty Bookstores