This game, hosted by The Purple Booker, instructs one to find a “teaser” at random from a current read, and copy it in hopes someone else will read the same book. Mine for 9/22/2020 is from The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, which is the Common Reader for my university this fall. All freshmen are required to read it, and many others, including faculty like me, do so as well, in order to participate in discussions and events throughout the semester.

This is from the introduction: “This is the story of two boys living in Baltimore with similar histories and an identical name. Wes Moore. One of us is free and has experienced things that he never even knew to dream about as a kid. The other will spend every day until his death behind bars for an armed robbery that left a police officer and father of five dead. The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.”

I am looking forward to this important read and to the film and discussion, panel of professors’ “takes” on the book and other activities which will be virtually available soon.