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An Analysis of Books Selected in 10 Years of ‘The Big Read’ Reading Initiative

Yoon, Cheong Ok 1

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to understand the characteristics of books selected for ‘The Big Read’ community reading initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2006 to 2017 and its relation with ‘One Book, One City’ community reading campaign in the U.S.A. An analysis of 1,407 TBR programs and 745 participating communities, and 56 books from TBR Library shows that TBR expands and complements ‘One Book’ reading campaigns, and confirms the sustenance of this innovative model. TBR Libray books were selected with TBR’s own criteria, but their features are generally very similar to those of 1,102 books selected for ‘One Book’ programs. They often reflect some interests in such universal values as coming of age, justice, integrity, etc. and diverse cultural experiences and life. The outcomes of ‘One Book’ and TBR cannot be qualitatively measured, but their sustainable value of communication through one selected book has been well proved.

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