One Book One Island

BookcoversmEnrique’s Journey  by Sonia Nazario

Free copies of the book are available at:

  • Annye’s Whole Foods
  • Nantucket Atheneum
  • Nantucket Cottage Hospital
  • Nantucket Dreamland
  • Nantucket Historical Association
  • Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror

There will be seven days of related events
from February 2- February 8.
See below for the complete schedule.

Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this astonishing story puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Now a beloved classic, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject.

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.” Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview and more, this is a classic of contemporary America.

Book Discussion Questions

Schedule of Events:

All events are free admission.

For detailed information about OBOI events please visit the calendar.

Monday, Feb. 2  5:30 pm
Film and panel discussion
NHA’s “New Voices, New Arrivals”
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Tues., Feb. 3   5:30 pm
Global Poetry and Music
African Meeting House
29 York St.

Wed., Feb. 4 – Sat., Feb. 7      10 am – 5 pm
Exhibition: “Think Global, Act Local”
Artists’ Association of Nantucket
Johnson Gallery
19 Washington Street

Wed., Feb. 4      5:30 pm
Book Discussion: “Enrique’s Journey”
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
1 India Street
Facilitated by Molly Anderson and Jeremiah Splaine
Discussion Questions (pdf)

Wed., Feb. 4         7 pm
Interfaith Council Panel Discussion: ‘Beyond Boundaries – Faith and Immigration’
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
1 India Street
Moderated by G. Thomas Ryan, Cape Cod Council of Churches

Thurs., Feb. 5   4:30 pm
Bilingual Book Discussion: “Enrique’s Journey”
Cyrus Pierce School
10 Surfside Road
Child care provided
Facilitated by Jerimiah Splaine Jacqueline Echeverria and Kathryn Kennedy Norton
Discussion Questions (pdf)

Fri., Feb. 6     12 pm
Live Skype Chat with Author Sonia Nazario
Bring your lunch!
Dreamland Theater
17 South Water Street

Fri., Feb. 6     7 pm
International Film: “The Good Lie”
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
1 India Street

Sat., Feb. 7   2 – 4 pm
Artists’ Association Demonstrations and Family Workshop
Nantucket Atheneum Learning Lab
1 India Street

Sat., Feb. 7   7 pm
Film: “Under The Same Moon”
Nantucket Dreamland Theater
17 South Water Street

Sun., Feb. 8    5 – 7 pm
Finale: Celebrating Journeys
Global music, dance, light bites, with stories of personal journeys.
Nantucket Historical Association
Whaling Museum
Broad Street

One Book One Island (OBOI) is a collaborative project of community partners and sponsors that seeks to promote reading, literacy and community by encouraging everyone on Nantucket to read, discuss and reflect upon the same book.

One Book One Island has read the following titles:

The Kiterunner (Hosseini)
The Breadwinner (Ellis)
The Librarian of Basra (Winter)

 The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
The Young Man and the Sea (Philbrick)
Island Boy (Cooney)

American Chica (Arana)
Seedfolks (Fleischman)
Abuela (Dorros)

Coal Black Horse (Olmstead)

 The Postmistress (Blake)

The Maltese Falcon (Hammett)

The Red Garden (Hoffman)

To Kill A Mockingbird (Lee)


For more information, please contact:

  • Molly Anderson, Nantucket Atheneum, 508-228-1110
  • Jim Lentowski, Nantucket Conservation Foundation, 508-228-2884