One Book One Valley

Each year, The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley. Vail Public Library & Eagle County Schools High Schools team up to promote one book that the entire valley reads together, a reading program called “One Book One Valley (”

We encourage all residents to read the same book at the same time to create a community book club. Programs and events related to the chosen book will happen throughout the valley and will engage readers of all ages and interests!

‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter’ by Erika L. Sanchez

Chosen for the 2020 year One Book One Valley


Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

About the Author


She is a poet, novelist, and essayist living in Chicago. Erika was a Fulbright Scholar, a CantoMundo Fellowship recipient, and a Bread Loaf Scholar. Most recently, she was a columnist for Cosmo for Latinas and has written for Salon, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, The Guardian, and BuzzFeed. As a daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Erika has always been determined to defy borders of any kind. Find her on the Web at and on Twitter at @ErikaLSanchez.

The book is drawn from Erika Sánchez’s own experience as a Mexican American daughter of undocumented immigrants. I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER is a thought-provoking coming-of-age story about identity, family, poverty, and secrets, featuring a strong female protagonist, a plot packed with mystery, and a humorous voice that addresses stereotypes and defies expectations.

Upcoming Events

Millennial Loteria Night (OBOV Event)

Wed, January 22nd @ 5:30pm

As part of this year’s One Book One Valley (OBOV) programming, we are offering a night of Millennial Lotería, a hilarious and insightful parody of the classic Latinx game “Lotería” (Mexican Bingo), but this time, it’s like way more millennial. It’s guaranteed to make this fiesta be lit. Come with your friends, grab your card and prepare to yell “Yaaaaasssssssssss, Millennial Lotería!”This event is open to teens and adults.

Frida Kahlo portraits

Wed. February 5th @ 5:30pm

Frida Kahlo used material culture to construct her identity — and material culture made her an icon in return.
Join Alpine Arts & Vail Public Library in making your very own Self Portraits like Frida did. Each student would bring in a photo (or we can help you print one) to use in the frame and put images around that they identify with. This event is open to Teens &  Adults, make sure to RSVP to Sandy at or to 970-479-2331 as we have limited space.



Books ‘n Bites (Book Club)

Wed. March 11th @ 5:00pm

Once a month this group meets in Vail Public Library’s Community Room to share conversation inspired by the book of the month. This is an informal librarian-led hour and a half long discussion. A book discussion group for those who love literature and lively discussion. Come if you love the book, come if you hate it, come if you’re not sure how you feel! Join us as we dicuss the OBOV selected title.


From the beginning in 2012, One Book One Valley has led readers on a shared adventure.  Where will 2018 take us?

In 2012, Mary Doria Russell took us to visit Doc Holliday; in 2013 we journeyed Into the Beautiful North with Luis Alberto Urrea; Craig Childs challenged us to examine our place at the cultural table in 2014 and in 2015 a Cold Dish by Craig Johnson sustained us along the way; 2016 took us to Vegas; and finally in 2017 we explored a classic journey (the Odyssey) transplanted to the American West.

And now… where will we go in 2019?  And who will we meet along the way?





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