The 2021 One Book, One College book selection is The New York Times Bestseller,
The Book of Lost Friends, by Lisa Wingate.
Described on Wingate's website as "the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students' lives," this year's selection is sure to enthrall students, community, faculty, and staff.
Meet the Author!
Virtual Visit with Lisa Wingate
November 3, 2021, at 7:00 PM
This webinar is free & open to the first 500 registrants. Copies of
The Book of Lost Friends are available at the RCSJ Bookstore and all major booksellers. Ms. Wingate supplies many valuable resources on her For Book Clubs page. The Book of Lost Friends is sure to elicit important conversations on slavery, trauma, family, and friendship and is easily relatable to the English, Women's Studies, Education, History, Psychology, and Sociology classrooms.
What is One Book, One College?
Initiated in the 2004-2005 academic year, OBOC is a college- and community-wide reading program with the goal of fostering a reading community that encourages reading for pleasure, critical thinking, global awareness, and multicultural understanding.
Each year the OBOC committee chooses one special book to be read by students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. Workshops, discussions, lectures, and/or other related activities are organized around the selected book during the Fall and Spring Semesters of that year. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the "One Book" into their classes across the curriculum.
The program's highlight is the much-anticipated annual author visit to campus. Participation in OBOC is not limited to Cumberland's campus, however. OBOC invites community members to read its selection and welcomes them to attend the annual author visit and book signing on a first-come, first-served basis.
For RCSJ instructors:
Cumberland Faculty planning to incorporate the novel into their curricula will find an instructor packet (plot summary, analysis, discussion questions and key vocabulary) in the My Cumberland portal (inside Instructional Resources) or they may request by emailing Judy Cirucci.
Gloucester Faculty may contact Judy Cirucci to request a packet.
- Karen Arenz, Instructor of English - Cumberland
- Josh Austin, Assistant Professor of English - Cumberland
- Erin Brabazon, Professor of English - Gloucester
- Judy Cirucci, Chair, Sr. Instructional Designer - Cumberland
- Anya Cronin, Professor of English - Gloucester
- Yolanda Garcia Balicki, Esq., RCSJ Board of Trustees Member
- Kelly Hayden, Librarian - Cumberland
- Sharon Kewish, Past Chair, Professor Emeritus - English
- Susan Nardelli, Special Assistant to the President-Institutional Advancement
- Sandra Reid, Professor of Nursing - Cumberland
- Linda Scully, Sr. Administrative Assistant for Academics
- Meredith Vicente, Director of Special Services - Cumberland
- Leslie White-Coursey, RCSJ Board of Trustees Member
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