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One Book, One Phoenix​Just Read One Book One Phoenix logoCovers of all three books for One Book One Phoenix 2019

One Book, One Phoenix is the first City of Phoenix community-wide reading program. 

Join your community this summer in reading one of the following books:

Adult: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Teen: The Space Race by Matthew Brenden Wood
Kids: The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk

These titles will be available for unlimited use on the Greater Phoenix Digital Library platform from June 1 through August 31.

Check them out with your library card and read them on your device or computer. You can also request the physical book and audiobook.

Join us for book discussions and programs at our library locations or join us online through Goodreads.

Reading along? Tag us on social media with #justreadppl and #onebookonephoenix

​​About Packing for Mars

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. 

How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? 

To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

​About Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; and BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Her most recent book, GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War, was released June 2016. 

Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover, New Scientist, The Journal of Clinical Anatomy, and Outside, among other publications. She serves as a member of the Mars Institute's Advisory Board and the Usage Panel of American Heritage Dictionary. Her 2009 TED talk made the organization's 2011 Twenty Most-Watched To Date list. She was the guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing, a finalist for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize, and a winner of the American Engineering Societies' Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, let's be honest, she was the sole entrant. 

Learn more about Mary Roach.

​About The Space Race

​​On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong landed gently on the lunar surface and became the first person to set foot on another world. People around the world stopped what they were doing to crowd around television sets and radios to witness one of the greatest achievements in human history--a man walking on the moon. How did we get there? Why haven't we gone back?

​​About Matthew Brenden Wood

Matthew Brenden Wood is a math and science teacher with a passion for STEAM education. An avid amateur astronomer and astrophotographer, Wood holds a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives in Phoenix, AZ with one ungrateful cat.

Learn more about Matthew Brenden Wood. 

​About The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal

Oh hey, guess what? The Sun never stops working to keep things on Earth running smoothly. (That's why it's been Employee of the Month for 4.5 billion years.) So why does the Sun get to be the center of attention? Because it's our solar system's very own star! 
This funny and factual picture book from Awkward Yeti creator Nick Seluk explains every part of the Sun's big job: keeping our solar system together, giving Earth day and night, keeping us warm, and more. In fact, the Sun does so much for us that we wouldn't be alive without it. That's kind of a big deal. 

Attend a Program

Space Exploration: Past and Future

Thursday, July 11, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Burton Barr Central Library

Fourth Floor, MACH1

In this presentation, Mark reviews our journey to explore space, from the earliest V2 rockets to today's deep space probes. He'll then explore the challenges of interstellar travel and future ideas for travel via Warp Drive, Worm Holes, Antimatter engines and more. Will we get to the stars? Join Mark for this talk and find out.

Mark Johnston has been fascinated by the night sky ever since he 'discovered' Saturn with his first telescope at age 10. 12 telescopes later, he is a NASA Solar System Ambassador, an award-winning speaker and member of numerous Astronomical societies. He has given hundreds of presentations on astronomy and shared the night sky with thousands of people in his public outreach star parties.

​Downtown PHX Book Group

Thursday, July 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Burton Barr Central Library

4th Floor - MACH1

Join us the third Thursday of the month for a lively literary discussion.  Be part of the city-wide One Book, One Phoenix and the 2019 Summer Reading Game. July's title is Mary Roach's Packing for Mars: the Curious Science of Life in the Void. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. ... Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.Check out a copy in print or from our eLibrary and join us.  New members are always welcome!



One Book, One Phoenix: Movie and Discussion

Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 2PM - 4:30 PM

Palo Verde Library

Adults, catch a flick at the library!  Relax and enjoy First Man with popcorn.  Movie followed by a brief discussion of Packing for Mars - the One Book, One Phoenix title.

One Book, One Phoenix Book Discussion

Thursday, July 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Mesquite Library

Join us as we discuss the One Book, One Phoenix selection Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.



What's up on Mars?

Thursday, August 1 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Burton Barr Central Library

4th Floor - MACH1

Come get the update on what our human-built robots are up to on the Red Planet with Dr. Tanya Harrison, a “Professional Martian” from Arizona State University. Dr. Tanya Harrison calls herself a “professional martian.” She has spent the last decade working as a scientist and in mission operations on multiple NASA Mars missions, including the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers. Her specialty lies in geomorphology: the study of a planet’s evolution based on its surface features. Before Mars however, Tanya had her head in the stars as an astronomer studying the metal content of star clusters and recurring novae systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University, and a B.Sc. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington. Currently she is the Director of Research for Arizona State University’s Space Technology and Science (“NewSpace”) Initiative. Tanya is also an advocate for advancing the status of women in science and for accessibility in the geosciences. You can find her prolifically tweeting about the Red Planet—and her experiences with both #WomenInSTEM and #DisabledInSTEM—as @tanyaofmars.

One Book, One Phoenix Book Discussion

Wednesday, August 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Ironwood Library

Join Librarian Mike for a lively discussion of best-selling author Mary Roach's Packing for Mars, this year's One-Book, One-Phoenix selection for adult readers. Interactive videos of spaceflight will be included as the group examines the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity that is presented in Roach's compelling and humorous nonfiction tour de force.  

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