Since 2003, Vermont Humanities has invited students, adults, and seniors across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes. The 2022-23 Vermont Reads pick is The Most Costly Journey, a graphic novel that explores the lives of migrant farmworkers in Vermont. Much of the work on Vermont dairy farms is done by people from Latin America. Over a thousand migrant laborers from Mexico and other countries milk cows, fix tractors, shovel manure, and take care of calves in our state. The Most Costly Journey tells the stories of 19 of these workers in their own words. Illustrated by New England cartoonists in a variety of styles, each short chapter describes aspects of life as an immigrant farm worker in Vermont.
This webpage is the digital companion to Jericho Town Library's take-home reader's guide, which is intended to help readers understand the context of this book, engage with the issues it raises, and learn more. All of the resources referenced in the print guide are linked on this webpage for easy access. Fill out this quick form to sign up to receive your guide: the first ten participants will receive a free copy of the book as well.