Imagine the conversation and cultural enrichment that could take place if the entire community read the same book. That's the aim of the One Book, One Harper reading initiative, and now, everyone has a say in the next selection.
Community members and Harper College students, faculty and staff can vote online through Thursday, Dec. 19, for one of seven choices being considered for the 2014-15 school year.
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Read about Tom Brokaw's stories of American citizen heroes in "The Greatest Generation"; a terminally ill professor's call to embrace life in "The Last Lecture"; an affluent ad man who loses it all and finds lessons in race, class and friendship as a barista in "How Starbucks Saved My Life"; an accidental Chicagoan's chronicle of the Windy City in "Never a City So Real"; a grown daughter of immigrants who seeks out the childhood adventures she missed in "On the Outside Looking Indian"; a collection of Ben Hecht's newspaper columns from 1921 that capture urban American life in the jazz age in "1001 Afternoons in Chicago"; and the massive migration of black citizens from the South told through the stories of three individuals in "The Warmth of Other Suns."
In its first three years, One Book, One Harper has boasted a series of campus activities drawing from the plot, including art and film contests, cooking classes and author readings.
To vote and to learn more about the books, visit dept.harpercollege.edu/library.