One Amazing Thing selected as Auburn University 2018-19 Common Book


Auburn University has selected One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni as the institution’s 2018-19 Common Book.

The university’s first selection to feature a female 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.

In addition to Divakaruni’s visit, the Common Book program will sponsor a variety of events during the fall semester that celebrate students, faculty, and staff from across the world with an emphasis uniting the campus community. University courses will also incorporate the book into discussions surrounding cultural interactions, immigration, benefits of travel, and impacts of natural disasters.

Established in 2010, Auburn’s Common Book Program: One Book One Auburn is designed to create a learning experience that is shared among the students, faculty, and staff and foster a sense of community by provoking intellectual discourse and engagement. Each year, a committee of students, faculty, and staff contribute to the selection process by reading potential works and engaging in thoughtful discussions before a final selection is made.

The Common Book: One Book One Auburn program is proud to continue its partnership between the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Auburn Public Library. By creating a shared reading experience for students, faculty, staff and the broader Auburn community, the program seeks to provide insight into the human condition while developing lifelong habits of intellectual curiosity and engagement.

For more information about the Common Book: One Book One Auburn Program and the new selection, visit our current book section. Updated information is also available via the Common Book: One Book One Auburn social media pages.

Cover of Book - One Amazing Thing

Last modified: March 20, 2018