Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: One Book, One Chicago 2016-2017

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver was the 27th selection for One Book, One Chicago. The season’s program explored the book's central theme, Eat, Think, Grow.

From October 2016 through May 2017, we explored the theme from multiple perspectives, as recounted through personal experience, imagined in literature, presented in politics, or synthesized in music and art.

In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, you'll find a lively account of a family’s year of eating locally on their farm in Southern Appalachia, as they unearth the secret lives of vegetables and the unexpected satisfactions of knowing their food producers—and sometimes their dinner—on a first-name basis.


The 2016-2017 One Book, One Chicago season featured a variety of events at Harold Washington Library Center, neighborhood library branches, and partner locations, as well as online digital programming.

Mainstage programs at Harold Washington Library Center included:

Additional small group programs at Harold Washington Library Center included:

CPL neighborhood branch programs included:

Community partner programming included:

Art Exhibits

Art exhibits included:

  • Beer Chicago: The Refreshing History
  • But Wait… There’s More! The Irresistible Appeal and Spiel of Ronco and Popeil!

Traveling art exhibit:

OBOC partnered with the National Vegetarian Museum to present “What Does It Mean To Be Vegetarian?”, the debut exhibit of the museum, which will soon open in Chicago. The exhibit traveled to three neighborhood branch locations, and also included programs and related events.

Digital Programming

In addition to events, the season featured several innovative digital programs including:

Further Reading

Check out some of our further reading recommendations:


The 2016-2017 One Book, One Chicago was presented by the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Public Library Foundation and sponsors The Chicago Community Trust, BMO Harris Bank and United.

Content last updated: April 30, 2017

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