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Book in Common

Just Mercy

Butte College, along with CSU Chico and Butte County Libraries, the City of Chico and many others have adopted Just Mercy:A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson as the book in common for the 2015-2016 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.

The community Book in Common committee has signed on Bryan Stevenson to speak on April 19 in Laxson.

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 - Just Mercy

About the book

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" is a powerful and compelling account of Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization that provides legal aid to Death Row prisoners. While Stevenson's work is centered in Alabama, the issues raised by "Just Mercy" are relevant to California and across the nation.

“We will ultimately not be judged by our technology, we won’t be judged by our design, we won’t be judged by our intellect and reason. Ultimately, you judge the character of a society . . . by how they treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated.” - Bryan Stevenson (TED talk)

A searing, moving and infuriating memoir . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela. For decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and police on behalf of those who are impoverished, black or both. . . . Injustice is easy not to notice when it affects people different from ourselves; that helps explain the obliviousness of our own generation to inequity today. We need to wake up. And that is why we need a Mandela in this country.” —Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

“From the frontlines of social justice comes one of the most urgent voices of our era. Bryan Stevenson is a real-life, modern-day Atticus Finch who, through his work in redeeming innocent people condemned to death, has sought to redeem the country itself. This is a book of great power and courage. It is inspiring and suspenseful—a revelation.” —Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns

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