The Essay by Robin Yocum has been selected as the featured read of the One Book One Community program for 2013-14.
Many events  are scheduled to take place in early 2014 as the Alliance Community comes together to read this book and discuss its content. For further information on One Book - One Community, visit www.allianceonebook.org 
The book's setting is southeastern Ohio where Jimmy Lee Hickam, whose upbringing leaves a lot to be desired, tries to rise above his dysfunctional family by using his writing talents and football prowess to escape his environment. When Jimmy Lee wins the school essay writing contest, there are no accolades. In fact, it creates nothing but resentment and doubt. No one believes this 17-year-old, wrong-side-of-the-tracks kid is capable of creating such a paper. When the school attempts to strip him of the award, his English teacher risks her job to stand up for him, showing him a path away from the cycle of poverty and alcoholism that has defined his family for years.