The One Book Program has selected books that touch upon a wide variety of topics and issues. Please click on any of the books covers to find out more about each one. 

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Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories

by Sherman Alexie

Alexie show­cases his many talents in Blasphemy, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” in which a homeless Indian man quests to win back a family heirloom; “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” a road-trip morality tale; “The Toughest Indian in the World,” about a night shared between a writer and a hitchhiker; and his most recent, “War Dances,” about a man grappling with sudden hearing loss in the wake of his father’s death. Alexie’s new stories are fresh and quintessential, about donkey basket­ball leagues, lethal wind turbines, a twenty-four hour Asian manicure salon, good and bad marriages, and all species of warriors in America today.

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Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats 

Kristen Iversen

 In Sacramento State's sixth One Book, Kristen Iversen takes a hard-hitting look at how secrets can destroy families and the environment in her exploration of the fallout from Rocky Flats.

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One Amazing Thing 

Chitra Divakaruni

 In Sacramento State's fifth One Book, Chitra Divakaruni takes a fictionalized disaster and turns into an opportunity to share separate stories into a unified novel about about hope and love.

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The Grace of Silence

Michele Norris

 In Sacramento State's fourth One Book, Michele Norris writes a memoir of recovering hidden family histories as a means to examine race relations in the United States.

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The Devil's Highway

Luis Alberto Urrea

In Sacramento State's third One Book, Luis Alberto Urrea describes a harrowing account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona deserts.

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When the Emperor Was Divine 

Julie Otsuka

In Sacramento State's second One Book, Julie Otsuka explores the history of Japanese internment through the eyes of her fictional characters.

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Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America 

Firoozeh Dumas

In Sacramento State's inaugural One Book, Firoozeh Dumas uses humor and vignettes to illustrate her story of finding her identity as an Iranian-American and transitioning between cultures following her family's immigration to the United States.

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