True Biz

One Book Community Discussion: TRUE BIZ

Monday, March 4, 2024 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Main Library 2nd Floor
Join your friends and neighbors in a One Book Steamboat community conversation about TRUE BIZ by Sara Novic

Everyone interested in participating is encouraged to join this inclusive conversation about Sara Novic's novel that offers readers an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community. Sign up at the registration button above.

True biz (adj./exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talk

True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals, and have politicians, doctors, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they’ll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who’s never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school’s golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the hearing headmistress, a CODA (child of deaf adult(s)) who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another — and changed forever.

This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, disability and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.

***2023 American Library Association Alex Award Winner
***BEST BOOKS OF 2022—Publisher’s Weekly, Washington Post, NPR, Booklist, Audible, Goodreads
***New York Times bestseller and Reese’s Book Club pick

Get your copy of True Biz

The Library now has ample copies of True Biz circulating locally in our collection (including digital, audio and print copies). Books are available so everyone is able to check out a copy, read it and participate in the community conversations.

Borrow  True Biz from Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Buy  True Biz from Steamboat Springs' independent bookstore, Off the Beaten Path.

“Tender, beautiful, and radiantly outraged….This important novel should—true biz—change minds and transform the conversation.”
New York Times Book Review

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One Book Steamboat True Biz

This is a featured event to enhance the ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT community reading of Sara Novic's novel True Biz and the Yampa Valley's growth, understanding and inclusion of all disabilities.