One Town One Book 2018!

Our choice for 2018's One Town One Book is Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff. Drug use, addiction, and overdose deaths are such a huge concern for people in our community, and this book is both a loving look at a young man's struggle and a searing portrait of everything that can go wrong when trying to help your child. We hope to show how drugs and addiction can affect any family, any person, and what we need most of all is compassion and understanding.

Beautiful Boy will also be a movie, starring Steve Carrel, Timothee Chalamat, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan, releasing nationwide October 12th. Watch the movie trailer here.

How to get involved!


We will be kicking off the townwide read with an event at the Exeter Public Library on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30pm. Join us as we start the conversation about addiction and drug use in our community, how it has affected us, and what we can do about it. No need to have read the book yet.


Small Group Discussions:

No need to RSVP or sign up. Just read the book and come!

Wednesday, October 3rd at 7pm at Christ Church (43 Pine Street)

Wednesday, October 10th at 6pm at the Congregational Church in Exeter (23 Front Street)

Tuesday, October 16th at 10am at the Exeter Public Library (4 Chestnut Street)

Thursday, October 25th at 7pm at First Unitarian Universalist Society (12 Elm Street)

Sunday, November 4th at 3pm at Water Street Bookstore (125 Water Street)


Documentary Viewing:

Exeter Public Library

Monday, October 22nd at 6:30pm

PBS's Understanding the Opioid Epidemic 

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic combines stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic. The program traces the history of how the nation got into this situation and provides possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.


Closing Event:

Congregational Church in Exeter

Tuesday, November 13th at 7pm

Panel Discussion with local leaders 


The book is available to borrow from the Exeter Public Library or buy from Water Street Bookstore. 

Event date: 

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Exeter Public Library
4 Chestnut Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547203881
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - January 6th, 2009

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534436572
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018