Monday, August 25, 2014
This year's First Year Reading Initiative selection The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, has our class of 2018, and many members of the campus community, following along with the story of Henry or "Little Onion" and John Brown. The novel has several key themes, and readers interested in LGBT themes may also be quite intrigued by the way Onion is at first mistaken for a girl, but acclimates quickly to this new role. Ideas of coming of age, resilience and self-reliance, the meaning of loyalty, the path to finding and understanding one's identities (including one's sexual identity) and the complications of managing undisclosed or hidden identities, may be among those that resonate. The IC Library has compiled a comprehensive guide to the book and its author, be sure to check that out whether you are a new or a returning student.