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Wellesley, MassBay encouraging locals to read 'The Pact' memoir

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  August 29, 2013 12:55 PM

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The Wellesley Free Library is partnering with Massachusetts Bay Community College to emphasize a reading program that encourages locals to read a popular nonfiction book about civic engagement.

The town-wide "Wellesley Reads Together" program will combine with MassBay's "One Book" this fall, urging local residents and college students alike to read The Pact, a memoir by three men from Newark, NJ.

A New York Times bestseller, the memoir explores three African-American doctors' days as high schoolers at a magnet school in New Jersey. A university presentation there led to a promise made by the three friends to become doctors and help each other succeed in school.

The writers - Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis and George Jenkins - have appeared on “Today” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show," and have been featured in a New York Times article.

Residents and students are encouraged to borrow and read the memoir, which will be the focus of several free events and book discussions beginning in the fall, according to the library.

For more information, visit Wellesley Free Library's website.

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