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LAVC One Book, One College Announces its 2017-2018 Book Selection

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents has been chosen as the 2017-2018 selection for the LAVC One Book, One College Program. Free copies of the book are available for faculty & staff at the LAVC Library Reserve Desk, and OBOC activities are planned for the Summer and Fall.

LAVC One Book, One College Announces its 2017-2018 Book Selection

The LAVC One Book, One Campus Program announces that How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents has been selected as the college's One Book, One Campus book selection for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The One Book, One College Program selects a book that faculty from a variety of disciplines can incorporating the book into their teaching during Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 academic year. In addition, the book will help to create intellectual continuity and shared experiences for LAVC students, faculty, staff and administrators. 

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents tells the story of four sisters who flee from the Dominican Republic and arrive in New York City in the 1960s. Their parents try to hold onto to their old ways while the girls adjust to living in the United States. 

From the Library Journal: “This rollicking, highly original novel tells the story of four sisters and their family, as they become Americanized after fleeing the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. A family of privilege in the police state they leave, the Garcias experience understandable readjustment issues in the United States. The sisters grow up conscious, like all immigrants, of living in two worlds. There is no straightforward plot; rather vignettes (often exquisite short stories in their own right) featuring one or more of the sisters at various stages of growing up. These vignettes are strung together in a smooth, readable story.”

The novel, which is written by acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez, was selected as a Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association, and it won the PEN Oakland Award and was chosen by New York librarians as one of the twenty-one classics for the twenty-first century. Ms. Alvarez was recently honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts for her extraordinary storytelling.

The One Book, One College Program is planning the following upcoming activities:

  • In-person and virtual faculty book club during Summer 2017
  • All-campus community discussion forums on the book in the Fall 2017 semester
  • Fall 2017 Student Project Showcase Event on Wednesday, November 29 from 1-3 p.m.; at a TBA location. 

In addition, the One Book, One College Program has free copies of the book for faculty and staff who want to participate (starting May 31) available at the LAVC Library's Reserve Desk. 

Faculty who would like to order the book for your classes, can do so through the LAVC Bookstore. (The deadline to submit your Bookstore order so the book is ready by week 1 is June 16, and deadline to order the book to be ready by week 5 is June 30.) The book is also available through book retailers, and as a Kindle e-book. Copies of the book are also being put on reserve for short-term and long-term check out for students to use at the LAVC Library.

The One Book, One College Program, which is being coordinated on campus by Michelle Lewis, is a successful concept has been implemented at other colleges and universities. The selected "One Book" is threaded across disciplines and throughout curriculum, to foster opportunities for creativity, scholarship, critical thinking, and academic dialogue. The One Book selection creates a shared intellectual experience for students, faculty, administration and staff.

This is the second year that LAVC has selected a One Book; the 2016-2017 book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

For more information about the LAVC One Book, One College Program, visit the LAVC One Book, One College Web Page, or contact Michelle Lewis at


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 5/31/2017 5:00:07 PM