Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Don't forget to vote for the College Book!
The last day to vote is Friday, October 14 (note the extension to the deadline). The following week, we'll announce the winning book as well as the names of the ten people who will each get a free copy of that book. (It doesn't matter which of the four titles you voted for; your name will be put into the drawing.)

Scroll down to read about the four books which have been nominated. Students, please vote by paper ballot in the Library, Bookstore, or Academic Success Center. Faculty and staff can vote electronically through Outlook.

The winning book will be used across the curriculum in spring semester. We'll have films, an essay contest, and other activities related to the winning title.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Finalists for College Book
Each fall the entire campus has the opportunity to vote for the College Book, a book which can be used across the curriculum in spring semester and about which activities such as film showings and an essay contest are held.

A campus-wide committee has read the nominated books over the summer and now is announcing the four finalists.

The four finalists, copies of which are on Reserve in the Library and for sale in the Bookstore are:

Kite Runner (a novel) is the story of two boys, son of a wealthy family and son of their servant, in 1970s Afghanistan. Years later the former returns from refuge in America to his homeland, now ruled by the Taliban, where he must face his earlier betrayal of his best friend.

The Poisonwood Bible (a novel) starts out in 1959 when a Baptist missionary takes his wife and four daughters to a remote African village where they encounter poisonous snakes, wild animals, hostile villagers, rebels, and war.

The Unwanted: a memoir of childhood is a true story written by the son of an American man and a Vietnamese woman. When Saigon fell to the Viet Cong, the family endured hardships because of their previous wealth and the boys were scorned for being biracial.

Warriors Don't Cry is the true story of the integration of Little Rock's Central High in 1957 by nine black students, one of whom is the author. The students suffered physical, mental, and emotional abuse from not only other students but parents as well.