OneBook CRC

2017-2018: Ruby

2017-18: Ruby

2017-18: Ruby

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The OneBook Project encourages the Cosumnes River College's entire campus and neighboring community to read and discuss a common book during each academic year.

The OneBook CRC selection for the 2017/18 academic year is

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Copies are available for checkout in the CRC Library or for purchase at the CRC College Store.

About the Book

Ruby book cover image​"Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city–the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village–all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby Bell finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom’s Juke, to Celia Jennings’s kitchen where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love."

Description from Cynthia Bond's website



Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 join us for a day with Cynthia Bond! 

Telling Your Story

Wednesday, 3/14, 9:00-10:15am | Win 150

The art of writing is transformative. When we use this tool to tell our own stories, we transform vulnerability into valuable perspective and share parts of ourselves that empower and inspire. When we tell our story, we can also heal ourselves. In this hands-on workshop, renowned author and social activist, Cynthia Bond, will discuss the practice of transforming personal narratives into exemplary writing. Space is limited; please contact Georgine Hodgkinson at hodgkig (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu if you would like to reserve space at this event.


Interview with Cynthia Bond, author of Ruby


Wednesday, 3/14,10:30-11:45am | Recital Hall

Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. Its creator, Cynthia Bond, is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Her novel Ruby was chosen to be an Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick. A PEN Rosenthal Fellow, Bond attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, then moved to New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She founded the Blackbird Writing Collective in 2011. Cynthia has taught writing to at-risk and homeless youth for over fifteen years, and is on staff at Paradigm Malibu Adolescent Treatment Center. At this event, Cynthia Bond will answer questions about her novel and her creative writing process. Interview by Emily Bond, CRC Librarian.


In the Fight Against Sexual Violence: A Panel of Experts & Activists

Wednesday, 3/14,12:00-1:20pm | Recital Hall

Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on individuals, families, and communities. This panel brings together a group of experts and activists to discuss the real impact behind the statistics of sexual violence, the resources available, and the healing process for survivors. Panelists include OneBook author, Cynthia Bond; Erienne Ramos, WEAVE; Jeanne Edman, professor of psychology; and Heather Hoffman, Director of Urban Education, 3 Strands Global Foundation.


Book Signing—RUBY—by Cynthia Bond

Wednesday, 3/14, 1:30pm | Recital Hall Quad

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An Interview with the Author

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