Making a home among strangers is a feeling every international student and world-traveler can connect with. Come explore those feelings at the first meeting of One To World's summer book club, where we'll be discussing Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet.
The novel tells the story of a low-income first-generation Cuban American in Miami named Lizet. Lizet earns a scholarship to attend an elite college in New England, but her decision to move hours away from her family and friends leaves them feeling angry and abandoned. Meanwhile, she struggles to fit in with her new classmates, who are mostly wealthy, privileged, and white. Loosely based on Jennine Capó Crucet's own experiences, Make Your Home Among Strangers chronicles Lizet's efforts to balance her loyalty to her family, her alienation at her new school, and her goals for the future.
This is the first program in One To World's ongoing summer book club series, where we'll be diving into topical issues in American life through fiction. Join us this time to explore the intersection of race, class, and higher education in the U.S., and to share your own experiences navigating these systems as an international student here.
Though it is part of an ongoing series, attending this first book club meeting does not commit you to attending any future ones. Come check out the program, read a new book, and enjoy a conversation with other students from all over the world.
Getting the Book: Patrons of the New York Public Library can check out a copy of this book for free. Search the library's catalog here for a physical copy near you or learn how to check out a digital version here using your phone or e-reader. If you're not a library patron but you live or attend school in New York, you can apply online for a digital library card here and get access to NYPL's extensive online resources for free. You can also purchase an e-book or paperback copy of Make Your Home Among Strangers from most online retailers for around $10.
Date: Tuesday, June 1st
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Remote. Zoom meeting instructions will be emailed closer to the date of the program.
Cost: Free. Participants are responsible for obtaining a copy of the book.
Contact: Sara Huzar, Coordinator of Enrichment Programs, here or at (646) 396-5304