Route 1 Reads

The Other Mother book cover. Black and white image of a woman smiling and skipping. Everything is black and white, including the text, except for the title, The Other Mother, which is in yellow.The State Centers for the Book linked by US Route 1 which extends from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida are joining together to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states/commonwealths for readers traveling the major and meandering highway.

For 2017, the South Carolina Center for the Book's Route1Reads is Teresa Bruce's The Other Mother: A Rememoir. It is a true story of TV reporter Teresa Bruce and the bond she forges with Bryne Miller, an 82-year-old modern dance pioneer from Manhattan and former Great Depression era burlesque dancer. Byrne and Teresa's friendship is a dance between love and madness, loyalty and truth, and speaks to anyone who has ever needed and cherished the love of an "Other Mother."

The full list of featured books is listed here, in geographical order from North to South:

Maine: "Here If You Need Me" by Kate Braestrup
New Hampshire: "Kookooland" by Gloria Norris
Massachusetts: "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon" by Larry Tye
Rhode Island: "American Jezebel" by Eve LaPlante
Connecticut: "The Logbooks" by Anne Farrow
New York: "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow
Pennsylvania: "The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott" by Marjorie G. Jones
New Jersey: "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
Delaware: "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson
Maryland: "Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character" by Kay Redfield Jamison
Washington, D.C.: "Around the Way Girl" by Taraji P. Henson
Virginia: "Sing For Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family" by Daniel Bergner|
North Carolina: "Dimestore: A Writer’s Life" by Lee Smith
South Carolina: "The Other Mother: A Rememoir" by Teresa Bruce
Georgia: "Blood, Bones, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews" by Ted Geltner
Florida: "Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston" by Valerie Boyd

The full reading list is also available, along with more details about each state selection and a map of participating states, at