A Deadly Wandering : A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel, has been selected as the featured read of the Alliance area One Book One Community program for 2015-16, according to the organization’s executive committee.
The book weaves the true story of a mysterious fatal car accident and its aftermath with the science behind attention impediments that will have readers realizing the dangers of driving while distracted. According to the book’s back cover, the science of attention can help us answer some of the defining questions of our time: What is technology doing to us? Can our minds keep up with the pace of change? How can we find balance?
Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is a reporter for the "New York Times" where he has covered a wide range of issues. He authored a series of articles that drew national acclaim exposing the risks of distracted driving and its root causes, prompting widespread reform.
A Deadly Wandering was selected among dozens of books that were nominated by members of the Alliance community, according to Pat Stone, director of Rodman Public Library, who chairs the committee.
"This is the 13th year of One Book One Community in the Alliance area, and we are always looking for a book with broad appeal and combining the selection with the availability of the author," Stone said. "With A Deadly Wandering we have a book that does a terrific job of combining a riveting plot with the science behind why certain things happen. Readers of the book will no doubt have second thoughts about being distracted while behind the wheel."
Stone said the programming leading to the author's appearance will begin in January and there will be at least three community discussions prior to the author's appearance. Richtel has committed to appearing in Alliance on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at Union Avenue United Methodist Church adjacent to the Mount Union campus. He will also be visiting area high schools the following day.
The selected books for the past 12 years for the Alliance area have been The Color of Water by James McBride, Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon, Real Time by Pnina Moed-Kass, Beyond the River by Ann Hagedorn, Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, Make the Impossible Possible by Bill Strickland, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni, Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson, The Essay by Robin Yocum, and Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe by Tom Batiuk.
"We would not have the opportunity to bring the author to Alliance if not for the resources provided by our partners, including the Friends of Rodman Public Library, University of Mount Union, The Greater Alliance Foundation and 'The Review,'" Stone said. "We are also pleased to report that a number of teachers in area schools have committed to teaching from the book.
A Deadly Wandering, is available at the University Bookstore and Rodman Public Library for $10. Several copies also will be available for checkout at Rodman Public Library and the University of Mount Union Library.