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2016 One Book, One West Virginia

Imagine if everyone in West Virginia read the same great book at the same time. What kind of conversations could you have, and with who could you connect with in your community?

The goal of One Book, One West Virginia is just that.  It offers an opportunity for West Virginia residents to connect through the shared experience of reading the same book, and then, opening dialogues with one another. Every September, the West Virginia Center for the Book designates the One Book, One West Virginia title. The title is selected based on the current Shepherd University Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence.

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Thirteen Moons - Charles Frazier
Call Number: F Frazier
ISBN: 9780812967586
Publication Date: 2007-06-05
At the age of twelve, an orphan named Will Cooper is given a horse, a key, and a map and is sent on a journey through the uncharted wilderness of the Cherokee Nation. Will is a bound boy, obliged to run a remote Indian trading post. As he fulfills his lonesome duty, Will finds a father in Bear, a Cherokee chief, and is adopted by him and his people, developing relationships that ultimately forge Will's character. All the while, his love of Claire, the enigmatic and captivating charge of volatile and powerful Featherstone, will forever rule Will's heart. In a voice filled with both humor and yearning, Will tells of a lifelong search for home, the hunger for fortune and adventure, the rebuilding of a trampled culture, and above all an enduring pursuit of passion.

To request this book for your book discussion group, contact Library Development at (304) 558-3978.


Discussion Questions

  • What is your favorite passage from Thirteen Moons? Why?
  • How does Frazier capture the time period so well in his writing?
  • Is this how you envisioned the Cherokee Nation?  Do you feel Frazier's interpretation is authentic? Why or why not?
  • Who do think Will was more influenced by in his life? Featherstone or Bear?
  • What do you think of WIll's choice to not go with Claire? Do you empathize with Claire's reaction?
  • What is Frazier attempting to signify when WIll and Bear must hunt down one of their own (Charley) in order to keep the land?
  • What was Will's greatest accomplishment?  What was his greatest failure?
  • In the end, do you think WIll's work for the Cherokee Nation was beneficial or futile?
  • Was there anything Will could have done differently in order to have Claire for his own?
  • Why does Thirteen Moons not end with the Nightland?  Why does it end with the Bone Moon?
  • How does Thirteen Moons compare to Cold Mountain?

Previous One Book One West Virginia Reads

2014 Coalwood Trilogy by Homer Hickam

2013 Affrilachia: Poems by Frank X Walker

2012 The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas

2011 Serena by Ron Rash

2010 In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason

2009 Clay's Quilt by Silas House

2008 Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

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