From Philadelphia Yearly Meetings Website:
Traditionally, we’ve selected the One Book, and then given it a companion children’s book to ensure that our work over the coming year remains multigenerational. The 2016 Sprint Group turned this practice on its head. This year’s choice is easily read by almost all ages and paired with two companion books for adults, who want to explore the various implications of the choice.
In Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson encircles us within the poetic treatise of a world seen through the eyes of a child of color during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Fewer than 60 years ago, the breadth and depth of the Black American tragic soul life had just begun to reach the surface of white American discourse in this country. As the sight lines of many remain opaque at best, Brown Girl Dreaming starkly reasserts, in ways only this sort of writing can, that there is still much more work to be done.
The sprint group chose two companion adult books: Building the Movement to End the New Jim Crow by Daniel Hunter and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. (Just Mercy is due out in paperback mid August 2015)