Boys in the Bunkhouse - an All Iowa Reads book discussion

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
Meeting Room D

Join ICPL staff for a discussion of Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry, the 2018 All Iowa Reads book selection for adults. With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives. In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bused to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom. A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library Contact below.
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Library Contact: 
Beth Fisher
Phone: 
319-887-6024

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