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History of One Community, One Book

Launched in 2001 by UICHR founders Dorothy Paul and Burns Weston, One Community, One Book is an annual community-wide reading project coordinated by the UICHR. The project invites community residents to discuss the same human rights-related text.

The coordinator of One Community, One Book is Colleen Opal. Please contact her with any questions or to nominate human rights-related texts you feel would benefit our reading community.

Book Selections

2019 

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham 

2018 

Reading With Patrick: A Teacher a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo 

2017 

The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson

2016

Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim

2015

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

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2014

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande

2013

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

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2012

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
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2011

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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2010

Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
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2009

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year in Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
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2008

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
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2007

Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story by Timothy B. Tyson
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2006

The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle
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2005

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
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2004

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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2003

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
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2002

First they Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung
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2001

The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout
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