Since Boston can’t seem to get its act together to hold One Book, One City, like other urban centers, the Globe is going ahead with its own version. Readers can vote online for one of 10 books with a local focus to start off the community reading program. One of these books is Common Ground by J. Anthony Lukas. It’s about the school busing crisis of the 1970s told through the eyes of three families. Right now, it’s second in votes, trailing Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.
I can’t say I’ve read either book, but I suppose if you want to understand the recent history of Boston schools and why the system is the way it is today, Common Ground wouldn’t be a bad place to start. Voting ends July 13.