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Join the LATI All-Campus Read!

If you like to have fun, relax, and spend time with other people who do, too, then join the fourth-annual LATI All-Campus Read! All-Campus Read was created to promote literacy and enjoyment through reading. So, take a break from the textbooks and work and read with us!

This semester, we’re reading One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni. Through April, a series of fun events will be held to coincide with the book including book giveaways, guided discussions, video productions (scroll down this page), and a cultural dinner for LATI students and staff.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to all of the events. You’ll be able to join our online discussions on Facebook ( All you need to do is like the page and you’ll be included in all of the great interaction.
Getting started is easy. Just pick up a copy of the book, like us on Facebook, and start reading!

LATI All-Campus Read provides an experience, which not only promotes literacy but also provides a platform for dialog on campus about historical and social issues that impact us all.

Here’s a review from Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city. Most customers and even most office workers have come and gone, but nine people remain. A punky teenager with an unexpected gift. An upper-class Caucasian couple whose relationship is disintegrating. A young Muslim-American man struggling with the fallout of 9/11. A graduate student haunted by a question about love. An African-American ex-soldier searching for redemption. A Chinese grandmother with a secret past. And two visa office workers on the verge of an adulterous affair. When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull, trapping these nine characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive. There's little food. The office begins to flood. Then, at a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, "one amazing thing" from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself. From Chitra Divakaruni, author of such finely wrought, bestselling novels as Sister of My Heart, The Palace of Illusions, and The Mistress of Spices, comes her most compelling and transporting story to date. One Amazing Thing is a passionate creation about survival--and about the reasons to survive.

LATI's One Amazing Thing


Nicki Yackley-Franken


Roger Redday


Bobby Gould


Jeanne Hansen


Crystal Schwebkey


Mike Cartney


Brooks Jacobson


Brittany Thedant


Laurie Beaner


Jo Vitek