What if everyone in Wauwatosa read the same book at the same time? That’s the idea behind Tosa’s All-City Read, a common reading program designed to bring neighbors together and build a sense of camaraderie and community while promoting literacy at all ages. We hope you’ll join in the fun!
“The city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.” – Mary McGrory
Peace Like a River
One of Time magazine’s top-five novels of 2001 and a New York Times bestseller, Peace Like a River is set in the Minnesota countryside and North Dakota Badlands of the early 1960s. A moving and engrossing story about one family’s quest to retrieve its most wayward member, the book has been described as a heroic quest, a tragedy, a love story, and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world.
Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and attended Moorhead State University. He worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for 16 years before selling his debut novel, Peace Like a River. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was a bestseller in 2008. He also co-wrote five mystery novels with his brother Lin, under the pen name L.L. Enger. Leif lives on a farm near Aitkin, Minnesota, with his wife and two sons.
How to Participate
Copies of our Tosa’s All-City Read selection are available at the Tosa Library, in Little Free Libraries around town, and for sale at Little Read Book and other bookstores. Once you’ve read the book, there are lots of ways to participate:
- Join or start a book discussion in your neighborhood association.
- Attend one of our public book discussions listed on our Events Page.
- Take part in our fun Events and activities. Come by yourself or bring your friends and neighbors.