by Josh Gross
Every year, the City of Boise encourages residents to read a single book and then take part in a series of events and discussions based around that particular book for its Read Me Treasure Valley program. Recent selections have included The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Call of the Wild.
But this year, instead of one book, the team behind the series has picked 40. That's right. 4-0. One for every day of Lent. And one for every minute that Lindsay Lohan's career will continue to remain relevant.
"It's appropriate in Boise's sesquicentennial year that Read Me Treasure Valley 2013, our annual community reading project, focuses not on one book but on 40, fiction and nonfiction, spanning every era of our history. Collectively, they paint the picture of this beautiful, storied place we call home," Mayor Dave Bieter wrote in an email about the program.
Heavy on nonfiction and historical texts, standout titles on the Boise 150 reading list include the The Boys of Boise, which documents the 1955 sex scandal, Mitch Wieland's novel in stories, God's Dogs, and the Diary of Ann Morrison.
The complete list can be quickly read here. The books themselves will take a little while longer.