The Community College of Baltimore County has selected Yoko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor for the 2010 – 2011 Community Book Connection.
Shortlisted by a selection committee, the novel was ultimately chosen by votes from the whole college community. According to the college, “passionate and vocal lobbying in and around CCBC is highly encouraged.” Faculty at all of CCBC’s campuses will be urged to adopt the book in their courses this coming year.
A series of cultural and academic events related to the book’s interdisciplinary themes (especially the joy and value of learning, extracurricular applications of mathematics, and the science and psychology of memory), meant to enhance the intellectual climate of the college, is in the works.
The act of reading is one of the essential pursuits of the fully educated human being. When we engage in reading, research, and reflection, we are forever enriched, becoming more powerful, perceptive people . . . When we read, discuss, and reflect together, we get to know each other and become more sensitive to the details, not only in the work at hand, but also in the way that it is perceived by others equipped with a differently focused lens . . . What we choose to read and interpret defines our values and our commitments to the larger world . . . It is with these basic ideas about the value of reading that we created the Community Book Connection.
—Kim Jensen, Chair of the CCBC Community Book Connection Committee
The Community Book Connection is a faculty-initiated program designed and organized by people who believe that classroom learning is inextricably linked to real-life social issues and concerns. The Community College of Baltimore County selected A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier for the program in 2009.
The Housekeeper and the Professor • Picador • 192 pages