One Book Program

Cristina HenriquezOne Book Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the One Book Program present

A Conversation with Cristina Henriquez
Author of The Book of Unknown Americans

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Program begins at 1:00 p.m.

Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue, Boston, MA 02129
A300 Auditorium


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Program Overview: The One Book program engages our college community in a dialogue about a common text that addresses a current issue. Students, faculty and staff share the experience of reading a text and examining its effects upon our community. Faculty who incorporate the text into their curriculum receive copies for their students. Programming is provided throughout the year to continue the discussions that begin in the classrooms of various disciplines. The culminating event happens each spring semester when the college invites the author of the chosen text to visit, interact and speak with our student body. The One Book program promotes literacy in an innovative way and creates interest within a subject that students may be encouraged to pursue and advocate for in the future. The program invites analysis, promotes critical thinking, and encourages positive change.

Chosen Book for the Project:

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Overview of the Book: (From

“A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.

When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel in a Dollar Tree store, it is love at first sight. It’s also the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro families, whose web of guilt and love and responsibility is at this novel’s core.

Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.

Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans is a work of rare force and originality.”

Awards and Recognition:

A New York Times Notable Book
Washington Post Notable Book
An NPR Great Read
The Daily Beast’s Novel of the Year
Best Book of the Year: Mother Jones,, School Library Journal and BookPage