One Book: What if all Beaverton read the same book?

One Book: What if all Beaverton read the same book?

Sharing in the experience of a work of literature can spark meaningful discussion that brings us together as a community. Beaverton City Library would like to encourage all Beavertonians to join us as we follow one young man’s journey from Somalia to the United States, and in the process, discover and celebrate our common humanity.

We are pleased to announce that Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin is the library’s selection for our second-annual One Book, One Beaverton. Iftin’s story is one of incredible resilience, determination and hope. Only six years old when civil war broke out in Somalia, the author and his family endured unimaginable hardships. Living in a country virtually cut off from the rest of the world, Abdi absorbed bits and pieces of American culture by listening to pop music and by watching Hollywood action films. He taught himself English, and was known around Mogadishu as “Abdi American.” Eddied along by the constantly shifting power moves of warlords and radical Islamists, Adbi eventually fled to Kenya and, in an amazing stroke of luck, won a visa lottery to the United States. Parts of his story have been broadcast on the BBC World Service and This American Life.

Reviewers have called Call Me American, “An essential immigrant story, one that is enlightening and immediate,” and “A searing memoir…that impressively remains upbeat, highly inspiring, and always educational.”

During the month of January, the library will host a series of special events designed to enhance the experience of reading the book, and the program will culminate in a literary evening with the author on Saturday, February 1st, 2020.