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2013 ~ One Book One College - The Other Wes Moore: Previous Selections

Spring 2013 Massasoit One Book One College selection: The Other Wes Moore and history of the OBOC community reads program.

Previous Selection: Spring 2012 - with events and activities

 One Book, One College - "Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and A Cross-Country Search for A Greener Future" Resource Guide

Is it possible to drive coast-to-coast without stopping at a single gas pump? Journalist Greg Melville is determined to try. With his college buddy Iggy riding shotgun, this green-thinking guy—who's in love with the idea of free fuel—sets out on an enlightening road trip. The quest: to be the first people to drive cross-country in a french-fry car. Will they make it from Vermont to California in a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease Dumpsters along the way? More important, can two guys survive 192 consecutive hours together?

Event and Activities:

  • "Cool Rides" Contest
  • Writing Contest
  • Author Visit and Presentation
  • Taping of "Writers at Work" episode with Prof. Mark Walsh
  • Library Read-In Event with author: games, activities, and reading
  • Service Project:  Giant Yard Sale

Previous Selection: Spring 2012 - with events and activities

 One Book, One College - "Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and A Cross-Country Search for A Greener Future" Resource Guide

Is it possible to drive coast-to-coast without stopping at a single gas pump? Journalist Greg Melville is determined to try. With his college buddy Iggy riding shotgun, this green-thinking guy—who's in love with the idea of free fuel—sets out on an enlightening road trip. The quest: to be the first people to drive cross-country in a french-fry car. Will they make it from Vermont to California in a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease Dumpsters along the way? More important, can two guys survive 192 consecutive hours together?

Event and Activities:

  • "Cool Rides" Contest
  • Writing Contest
  • Author Visit and Presentation
  • Taping of "Writers at Work" episode with Prof. Mark Walsh
  • Library Read-In Event with author: games, activities, and reading
  • Service Project:  Giant Yard Sale

Previous Selection: Spring 2011 - with events and activities

The Iranian revolution of 1979 propelled Iran back in time both in terms of economic growth and civil liberties. The new theocracy condemned, pursued, and destroyed individuals who had any ties to the previous government, or practiced any religion other than Islam. Almost overnight, Iran morphed both physically and ideologically as the traces of secularism faded beneath the harsh Islamic edicts. Thousands of Iranians fled the country in fear of political and religious persecution, many under the most deplorable conditions. For the Iranian émigrés, exile was something temporary at first, an interim existence that kept them living with the bare minimum, yet, hopeful that one day, they would return to Iran. As time passed, the hope to regain Iran became a habit for ex-patriots, then a promise to future generations, and later a distant dream for all.

Event and Activities:

  • Panel discussions
  • Writing Contest
  • Author visit and presentation
  • Educational seminars
  • Library Read-In: reading, games, and activities
  • Whodunit! Crime Game
  • Service Project:

Previous Selection: Spring 2010 - with events and activities

 One Book, One College - "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"  Resource Guide

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Event and Activities:

  • Book Reviews
  • Panel Discussions
  • Writing Contest
  • Making of Glass Castle Ice Sculpture
  • DIY (Do It Yourself !) Film Festival
  • Service Project: Knit Mittens for Homeless

Previous Selection: Spring 2009 - with events and activities

In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder’s magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”–as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too. 

Event and Activities:

  • Book Reviews
  • Panel Discussions
  • Movie Marathons
  • Writing Contest
  • Art Display: relief prints by Fabienne Bazile, MCC Visual Arts student
  • Service Project: Bednet Fundraiser
  • Guest speaker: Craig Andrade

Previous Selection: Spring 2007 - with events and activities

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.  This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

Event and Activities:

  • Book Review
  • Panel Discussions
  • Movie Night, Game Night
  • Whodunit !  Crime Game

Previous Selection: Fall 2007 - with events and activities

In Mayflower, Philbrick casts his spell once again, giving us a fresh and extraordinarily vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. From the Mayflower’s arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philip’s War between colonists and natives decades later, Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims a fifty-five-year epic, at once tragic and heroic, that still resonates with us today.

Event and Activities:

  • Book Review
  • Panel Discussions
  • Peter Arenstam, author of Felix and His Mayflower presentation
  • Writing Contest
  • Field Trip to Plimouth Plantation/Mayflower
  • Geocaching Contest

Previous Selection: Fall 2006 - with events and activities

Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

Event and Activities:

  • Book Review
  • Panel Discussions
  • Movie Night, Game Night
  • Bicycle Rally and Rodeo
  • The Physics of the Ferris Wheel Contest