Our book for August 2012 (in Silver Spring) is Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.
The season is summer. The place is Green Town, Illinois. The year is 1928. The boy is Douglas Spaulding, age 12, experiencing the summer's first walk in the grass barefoot, first glass of lemonade on the porch, first day in a pair of new sneakers. The people parading through his life that summer belong to a dreamlike America of the past that may never have existed objectively, but has definitely been perceived and remembered when looking back with nostalgia. This is the story of the summer young Douglas first realizes he is alive, really alive, and will someday die. It is a summer of wonders, when the magic of childhood begins to be seen through the eyes of a child growing up.
Dandelion Wine is an unforgettable, magical, and moving evocation of an American boy reaching toward his boundless, uncertain future with arms wide open.