SUMMIT., NJ - The One Book One Community Committee of Shaping Summit Together is encouraging book groups to read and discuss Michael Lewis' The Blind Side, the true story of Michael Oher, who began his life challenged by the circumstances of his birth family and becomes nurtured into a life of hope and opportunity.

The tome has been lauded for its ability to detail the power of love Oher received from the Tuohy family, who welcomed Michael into their lives and provided him with education and mentorship that transformed his natural physical traits into a powerhouse profile for a career in pro-football. 

Michael Lewis’ gift of storytelling offers the reader a chance to delve into topics of classism, race, unconditional love and the very heart of debate involving nature versus nurture. Hard copies are available to borrow at The Summit Free Public Library and to purchase at MONDO, at a discount. The book is available in both print and electronic formats. 

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Susan Permahos, The Executive Director of The Summit Free Public Library, said of the book, “The Blind Side has important messages for both adults and youth. As a community read, we will be able to develop insights that are relatable to every family, friendship and aspiration of social and economic success.”

The Brown Bag Book Club at The Summit Free Public Library, open to the public, will discuss The Blind Side on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12:00 noon. A second evening session will also be offered. Details about the community-wide culminating event will be forthcoming.

The One Book One Community Program is a collaborative initiative between The Summit Free Public Library, The Summit Interfaith Council, and other participating stakeholders of Shaping Summit Together, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, visit the Shaping Summit Together Facebook page.