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'No Horizon' tops list of Rochester Reads

From staff reports

A book about two polar adventurers is the top choice for the 2006 Rochester Reads program.

"No Horizon Is So Far" by Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen was one of four titles up for consideration when the community voted in April. Officials planned to announce it as the winning title during a program at 10 a.m. today at Rochester City Hall.

Other choices in the voting included "Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas, "Rocket Boys" by Homer Hickam Jr. and "Rainlight" by Alison McGhee.

In their book, Bancroft, a Minnesotan, and Arnesen, a Norwegian, detail their journey to become the first women to cross Antarctica as millions of children followed the expedition online. Their trek began in November 2000 and finished in February 2001.

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"This inspirational title is a good choice for Rochester Reads because it will encourage our community to confront preconceptions about what is possible, and to explore the barriers that our culture may create to prevent people from following their dreams," said Kim Edson, head of Readers Services at the Rochester Public Library.

More importantly, she said, the book explores how people in a community are influenced in unexpected ways by one another, even when isolated on an uninhabited continent.

Events related to the book are being planned in February.

The theme of cold-weather adventure is also reflected in the children's titles chosen for 2006. "Jason's Gold," by Will Hobbs, is the book selected for young readers. "Something to Tell the Grandcows," by Eileen Spinelli, is the picture book chosen.

Copies of the books may be checked out from the Rochester library and are available for purchase at Barnes &; Noble Booksellers.

Rochester Reads is a community reading program done in partnership with the Rochester library, the Post-Bulletin Co., the Adult and Family Literacy Program, the Olmsted County History Center, the Rochester school district, Barnes &; Noble Booksellers, Rochester Community and Technical College, and the Diversity Council.

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