The One Book Project

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About the Book

A revelatory account of a kind of poverty so extreme, and so often hidden, most Americans don’t think it exists. Kathryn Edin teamed up with Luke Shaefer to make a surprising discovery: the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including three million children. Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? What do they do to survive? Not just a powerful exposé, $2.00 a Day delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality.

Further Reading Resources

Interested in reading more and delving further into this year’s One Book? Check out these resources, including books, DVDs, and online links.

Save the Date

Author Visit & Book Signing with Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer
November 1, 2017 at the CSUB Icardo Center

Community Partners

About The One Book Project

One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern is a project that encourages the entire community to share experiences related to a single book through discussions, educational programming, and entertainment. The read is meant to pull a community together, cross cultural divides, and enhance understanding of our diversity, all while supporting literacy.

The program began in 2001 through the grassroots efforts of Jillian Fritch, an elementary school teacher who had read a story in the Los Angeles Times regarding One Book, One Community initiatives; at the time Seattle Reads and One Book Chicago were pioneers, and Los Angeles had decided to do a One Book project. Jillian was inspired to begin a project in Bakersfield. The first book was “To Kill a Mockingbird.” An array of community partners jumped on board, including education, nonprofits, local government, businesses, and media outlets. The Kern County Library became the lead organization in 2003.

Now in its 16th year, the One Book Project continues to reach out to our diverse Kern County community both in book choice and related programming. In 2010, the One Book Project began a partnership with California State University, Bakersfield’s “Runner Reader Program” (or First-Year Experience Program), which involves students reading a common book. Through this partnership, the community has benefited extended programming, including author visits and talks at CSUB at the culmination of the read. In November 2011, more than 1,400 people turned out to hear author Wes Moore speak about his book, “The Other Wes Moore.”

One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern remains a grassroots project that relies on community partners and donations to provide related programming and copies of the book throughout the county. To find out how you or your organization can get involved, contact Andie Apple at 661.868.0730 or andie.apple@kerncountylibrary.org.

Past Selections

All the King’s Men

9th One Book, One Bakersfield Read February – March, 2007 Read the eBook ...
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Burro Genius

11th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read September – November, 2010 ...
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Enrique’s Journey

15th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read September – November, 2014 ...
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Epitaph For a Peach

8th One Book, One Bakersfield Read February – March, 2006 Read the Book ...
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Fahrenheit 451

7th One Book, One Bakersfield Read February – March, 2005 Read the eBook ...
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Farewell to Manzanar

4th One Book, One Bakersfield Read May – October, 2013 Read the eBook ...
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Fast Food Nation

10th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read January – April, 2008 Read ...
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It’s Not About the Bike

6th One Book, One Bakersfield Read March – May, 2004 Read the eBook ...
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The Big Thirst

16th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read September – October, 2016 ...
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The Grapes of Wrath

2nd One Book, One Bakersfield Read July – October, 2002 Read the eBook Read ...
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