Open Books - Open Minds

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee is pleased to announce that the 2015-16 common book is:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007)

“Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú - the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss” (Riverhead Books).

Upcoming Events

Family Stories Reception
Thursday, October 15, 4-6 p.m., Alex and Ani Hall

Join Open Books – Open Minds as we kick off the new academic year with a celebration of family stories inspired by Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to submit their essays or creative projects for display Thursday October 15 in Alex and Ani Hall. Submissions are due October 1 to

Reference Department student assistant,
Hector Nunez in the OBOM Book Nook

2016-2017 Short List

Stop by the library to browse in the OBOM Book Nook. We have all nine short-listed books for your reading pleasure! The OBOM committee welcomes your feedback on these selections as we narrow the list for campus-wide voting, which opens at the end of the fall semester.
Adobe PDFOpen Books Open Minds Shortlist for 2016/2017
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Page last updated: August 27, 2015