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The OneBook Project is a college-wide initiative that invites students, faculty, staff and members of the outside community to read a common text and engage in activities and discussions around that text. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary learning community which explores issues relevant to the text and our community and which enhances student engagement.


Help us select the OneBook for 2014-14 from these four finalists, vote today!



Deadline to vote is April 15th, 2014.


Book Descriptions:

Into the Beautiful North - Luis Alberto Urrea
Into the Beautiful North is a well-written, engaging story. It is fiction, an adventure, but deals with issues surrounding marginalized people, civil society, and community on multiple levels. It has unconventional heroes in which our students may see themselves

It was chosen by NYC for this year's "Big Read." Negotiations are under underway with regard to turning it into a movie. Luis Urrea formerly taught Humanities at MassBay. He is by all accounts "a lovely man," "gregarious," and "great with students," and would be a wonderful speaker to have here.

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
The story of success.

One Summer: America 1927 - Bill Bryson
It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone’s reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan by a madman, the ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more. It also tells the story of the great flight of Charles Lindburgh.

Students heard about these events in history classes - now they will be able to read about them by a very entertaining author.

The Reason I Jump - Naoki Higashida; K. A. Yoshida (Translator); David Mitchell (Translator, Introduction by)
The inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism.

For more information about the OneBook Project or details about upcoming events, please contact chair Margaret Crowe, Adjunct Professor of History and Coordinator of OneBook MassBay Community College at

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