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Book in Common

The Yellow Birds

Butte College, along with CSU Chico and Butte County Libraries, Enloe Hospital, the City of Chico and many others have adopted The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers as the book in common for the 2013-2014 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 Yellow Birds

About the book

"The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger.

Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, let us all lean closer and listen.

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