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One Book, One College

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

RSVP to attend!​

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 pageThe 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.

Please share the event with your book clubs, friends, and family! Download the promotional flyer​ for the event.

This webinar is sponsored by One Book, One College, the Cumberland Campus Educational Foundation, and Las Vias.

​​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. ​

Committee Members 
  • 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
Previous Selections

  • 2020-2021 Maid by Stephanie Land
  • 2019-2020 Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
  • 2018-2019 The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
  • 2017-2018 The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • 2016-2017 Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston​
  • 2015-2016 The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • 2014-2015 Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan
  • 2013-2014 A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls Lanier
  • 2012-2013 Faithless by Joyce Carol Oates
  • 2011-2012 Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
  • 2010-2011 The Soloist by Steve Lopez
  • 2009-2010 Strong Medicine Speaks by Amy Hill Hearth
  • 2008-2009 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • 2007-2008 Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
  • 2006-2007 Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • 2005-2006 My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • 2004-2005 The Color of Water by James McBride

Gloucester; Cumberland