The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

***Ticket-holders attending the Attleboro’s Big Read African dinner at Attleboro High School this Thursday, Oct. 27, are advised to park in the Bushee Street lot and to enter the building through the B1 Cafeteria door. The buffet dinner prepared by the students in the AHS culinary arts department begins at 7. All 60 tickets for the event have been sold.***

Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times Review, calling it “a great African novel, a great Washington novel, and a great American novel.”

This book has been chosen for Attleboro’s annual city-wide read. Help us celebrate this classic by reading the novel, participating in one of our upcoming events, and joining in the conversation about the book and about the cultural and historical issues it raises.

Click here to reserve a copy of this book from the library

by Paul Fleischman

Alternatively, consider reading our companion title for all ages:  Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. Similar to Attleboro’s Community Garden which was established on a former parking lot, Seedfolks tells the tale of an inner city garden established on a vacant lot. Several, multi-cultural individuals join the effort to create an oasis of beauty and sustenance in their own neighborhood.  ”A gift for hearts of all ages, this gentle, timeless story will delight anyone in need of a sprig of inspiration.” –, editorial review

Click here to reserve a copy of Seedfolks from the library


This series would not be possible without:


Bristol County Savings Bank


Attleboro Arts Museum

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Attleboro Public Library


Massachusetts Cultural Council

This program is supported by the Attleboro Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency

The Rotary Club of Attleboro

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The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest