One Book One Village: Laila Lalami's The Other Americans

One Book One Village

Welcome to Mount Prospect’s biggest book group, One Book One Village! 

We are excited you’ll join others in the community in reading Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans over the next few weeks. 

Throughout October and into early November, the library will offer staff-led book discussions, enrichment opportunities, and two virtual visits with the author herself on October 25 and 27. We hope you’ll share your thoughts and reading experiences with us and others. 

We also encourage you to start conversations about the book with your family, neighbors, and friends; we truly want The Other Americans to be the book all of Mount Prospect is talking about! 

Copies of the book are now available for checkout

The Other Americans book cover

Virtual Visits

One Book One Village culminates with two live virtual visits with the author. 

Laila Lalami Q&A 

Tuesday, October 25, 7-8 p.m. 

Readers are invited to a live virtual session with the author a s she discusses her book The Other Americans. Email your questions in advance to or ask them during the live session. Participants are welcome to join us at the library or virtually via Zoom. 

Laila Lalami with Sahar Mustafa 

Thursday, October 27, 7-8 p.m. 

Join us as Laila Lalami discusses her life and work, including the featured title, The Other Americans. In this live virtual session, she will be joined in conversation with author and educator Sahar Mustafa. Attendees will have an opportunity for a Q&A with the author and are welcome to join us at the library or virtually via Zoom. 

Associated Programs

Moroccan-Inspired Lantern Craft

Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m.

DIY enthusiasts are invited to create a Moroccan-inspired lantern. 

VIRTUAL 1981 Casablanca & Contemporary Morocco 

Tuesday, October 11, 7 p.m. 

Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim, Professor Emeritus of History at California State Polytechnic University, highlight events of Moroccan history and put them in present-day Moroccan context. 

VIRTUAL Let’s Talk Books: The American Experience 

Tuesday, November 1, 7-8 p.m. 

Join us for a special edition of our monthly Let’s Talk Book session. Inspired by our One Book One Village title, The Other Americans, this session will focus on sharing books that explore stories of American identity and experience. 

About The Book

In The Other Americans, the repercussions of a suspicious death bring together a diverse cast of characters whose invisible connections are slowly revealed even while they remain deeply divided by race, religion, or class. It is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, infused with questions about America’s complex and complicated cultural legacy.

About the Author

Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of five books, including The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was on the longlist for the Booker Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her most recent novel, The Other Americans, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the National Book Award in Fiction. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times. She has been awarded fellowships from the British Council, the Fulbright Program, and the Guggenheim Foundation and is currently a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.

Book Discussions

Funded with generous support from The Friends of the Library.

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