Route 1 Reads

Route 1 Reads

Reading adventures spanning more than 2,000 miles

For the fourth consecutive year, the DC Public Library will participate in the Route One Reads initiative, a program under the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2018, the selected genre is romance, and the selected book to represent the District is Big Girls Don't Cry by Connie Briscoe.

About the Book: In her second novel, D.C. author Connie Briscoe examines the issues faced by a young black woman determined to be successful both professionally and romantically. Growing up in a loving and supportive middle-class family in Washington, D.C., in the '60s, Naomi Jefferson worries about what to wear, her bra size and meeting boys, and she has dreams of one day opening her own clothing store. While she knows racism is a problem (occasional brushes with the uglier sides of people don't let her forget it), Naomi is, at heart, just like any other teenage girl.

About Route 1 Reads: Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Fla., the Route One Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate centers to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states or commonwealths for readers traveling the major and meandering highway. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Still thinking about what to tackle for summer reading? Route 1 Reads selections will keep you reading all summer long.

Route1Reads 2018