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August 23, 2013

No bones about it

County ready for a new Community reading program

Fans of the TNT hit TV show "Rizzoli and Isles" will have a chance to talk with Tess Gerritsen, the best-selling crime novelist whose books inspired the series, on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Washington High School Auditorium.

Gerritsen's book "The Bone Garden" has been chosen as the selection for One Book One Community, a grassroots program that brings people together to discuss ideas in books.

"Community reading projects have exploded in popularity in the recent years," said Washington Carnegie Public Library Director Teresa Heidenreich. "I'm thrilled that citizens of Washington and the surrounding areas have embraced the concept of reading together as a community."

This is the second year for the Washington library to participate in One Book One Community. "The program isn't about the resulting quantitative data. It's about bring people together to discuss ideas in books and observing the breakdown of barriers between people, cultures and backgrounds. That's what makes One Book One Community a success," said Heidenreich.

Library patrons are invited to pick up a complimentary copy of "The Bone Garden" between Monday and Wednesday of next week. On Thursday any remaining copies of the book will be available to those who are not library card holders. Heidenreich said 200 free copies of the book are available. Large print, audio, and E-book downloads are also available for check-out in addition to traditional print copies.

"The Bone Garden" details the adventures of Julia Hamill after she discovers a skull buried on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts. Maura Isles, a Boston medical examiner, tells Hamill she believes the skull is scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. The novel then travels back in time to 1830, where a poor medical student starts selling dead bodies on the black market to pay for school. After a series of gruesome murders, the cadaver trafficker comes up as a prime suspect and must prove his innocence by finding the only witness.

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