Sunday, October 4 – Saturday, November 7
Reading a good book can put the rest of the world on pause – allowing us to explore new realms, to discover new ideas, and to connect with our community in a new way. That is the hope of the annual NEA Big Read. In the face of the stresses of 2020, the Big Read literature opens a window for reflection, inspiration, peace, and growth.
The primary book for 2020’s NEA Big Read is Hope Jahren’s memoir Lab Girl. It is a compelling story of one girl’s journey from hanging out in her father’s chemistry lab to establishing her own academic research facility. Chapters alternate between Jahren’s story and delightful tales of seeds, leaves, trees, or some other segment of the natural world.
For younger readers, the 2020 NEA Big Read offers companion literature that inspires appreciation for our natural world and for scientific observations.