The River Reads program at the Ouachita Parish Public Library focuses on "My Southern Journey" by Rick Bragg.

MONROE, La (KNOE) River Reads is a program to encourage all residents of Ouachita Parish to read and discuss the same book at the same time. River Reads is celebrated from March 7 – April 13, the end of National Library Week.

This book is relatable for anyone who has ever lived in the South. A New York Times bestseller, the collection of memoirs explains hilarious nuances like ordering white gravy as a vegetable at a restaurant, as well as heartwarming and heartbreaking memories of Bragg’s vibrant family members.

The Library encourages everyone who lives in Ouachita Parish to check out the book, read it and discuss it with your friends.

"it's all about literacy. we need to constantly engage our minds. Discuss things with our friends and our family. There's so much that can be involved with the social aspect of book discussions. We are so excited that everyone is talking about this book," said Danielle Kelley Tolbird, Communications Coordinator for the Ouachita Parish Public Library.