All incoming first-year students at Appalachian State University will receive a copy of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novel “One Amazing Thing” during summer orientation as part of the university’s Common Reading Program for the 2017-18 academic year.
“One Amazing Thing” (Hyperion, 2010) is about nine people from different backgrounds who become trapped together by an earthquake for days, using storytelling to help them survive while they hope and pray for rescue. The book offers lessons for bridging cultural and ethnic diversity through storytelling; prompts discussions about prejudice, cultural misunderstanding, alienation and interpersonal communication; and offers inspiration for overcoming life’s obstacles.
Since 1997, new students have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian. The Common Reading Program helps establish a common intellectual experience among first-year students, helping them develop a sense of community on campus and introducing them to academic life at Appalachian.
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