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The 2018 Common Book: One Book. One Auburn.

One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Divakaruni, is this year's Common Book: One Book One Auburn selection.

The university’s first selection to feature a female fiction author, One Amazing Thing tells the fictional story of a group of people from different cultures and backgrounds who, after becoming become trapped together by an earthquake for days, use stories about “one amazing thing” from their lives to help them survive.

The book’s primary themes address cultural and ethnic diversity through storytelling while engaging readers in discussions about prejudice, cultural misunderstandings, and the value of multiculturalism. Additional topics include personal disaster preparedness, government preparation for and response to life-threatening events, and the difficulties of leadership in crisis.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to read the book and attend a keynote by Divakaruni on September 19th, 2018.​


The Common Book: One Book. One Auburn. program is made possible by Auburn University’s Office of the Provost in partnership with the Auburn Public Library.

Cover of Book - One Amazing Thing
headshot of author Chitra Divakaruni

Author Chitra Divakaruni

Last modified: March 19, 2018