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(July 16 - August 19)


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One Book, One College

Check out the Garcia Girls research guide



When: Wednesday, April 18, 1 p.m.
What: Campus-Wide Scavenger Hunt: Students will use their knowledge of the book to solve
clues and find answers on campus.​
Where: Gather in the Cafeteria's outdoor plaza
When: Wednesday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.
What: Speaking Engagement via skype by How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents author Julia Alvarez!
Where: Monarch Hall
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When: Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
What: One-night only reading of HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS, a play by Karen Zacarias based on the novel by Julia Alvarez, commissioned by Blake Robison and Round House Theater.
Where: Horseshoe Theater, LAVC
When: Saturday, May 12
What: An Immigration Themed Field Trip: Students will visit the Chinese American Museum, the Italian American Museum, and the Avila Adobe at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic site (Space is limited, inquire at


When: Wednesday, October 25, 1-2 p.m.
What: Immigration Issues Teach-In. Light refreshments will be served.
Where: Monarch Hall
When: Wednesday, November 29, 1-2 p.m.
What: Student Project Showcase. Light refreshments will be served.
Where: Monarch Hall


When: Tuesday, July 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
What: OBOC Faculty Book Club is an informal discussion about How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Light refreshments will be served.
Where: Library 1st floor conference room


From the publisher:

"Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s brilliant and buoyant and beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters recounting their adventures growing up in two cultures. Selected as a Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association, it won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for books with a multicultural perspective and was chosen by New York librarians as one of twenty-one classics for the twenty-first century. Ms. Alvarez was recently honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts for her extraordinary storytelling. 

In this debut novel, the García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways, but the girls try find new lives: by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents sets the sisters free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home—and not at home—in America."

The Library has many copies available for 2-week and 3-day checkout.

For more information about the One Book program, contact Michelle Lewis, program coordinator.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

OBOC Faculty/Staff Summer Book Club Meeting for The Left Hand of Darkness
Tuesday, August 21, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: TBA