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Book in Common

The Distance Between Us

Butte College, along with CSU Chico and Butte County Libraries, the City of Chico and many others have adopted The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande as the book in common for the 2014-2015 school year.

Purpose of the Book in Common at Butte College

  • To bring the Butte Glenn community together through a common experience
  • To bring literate, engaging stories, and relevant topics to the Butte College community
  • To value the pursuit of learning through books
  • To recognize our shared humanity

.Campus events are scheduled throughout the year to discuss this story and the book’s principal themes. Faculty members are encouraged to integrate the book into their class reading assignments and discussions. The book becomes a touchstone and a common experience to start conversations and engage in intellectual reflection. Events Schedule. (In development)

To purchase a book, visit the Butte College Bookstore or order on-line. The bookstore offers the book at a 25% discount. Books are also available at the Butte College Library.

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Create a Book in Common Book Group

Enjoy the pleasure of reading a compelling story. Find a few other people who would like to read the book and set up a few dates to discuss it. Faculty members can even get flex credit through a staff development partnership for holding a book group discussion.


Book Cover - The Distance Between Us

About the book

The Distance Between Us is a highly acclaimed memoir about the experience of migrants from Mexico to the United States.  It movingly portrays the conditions in Mexico that push people to risk all to get to "El Otro Lado" ("The Other Side"), including the effects on those left behind and those who make the journey.

The book is an intensely personal story that, at the same time, illustrates the sacrifices, costs and traumas that accompanies the difficult decision to emigrate.  The Distance Between Us was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and named one of the best books of 2012 by numerous critics.

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