One Book One Harper Virtual Events for Fall 2020

One Book, One Harper Virtual Events for Fall 2020:

Virtual Book Discussions:

Meet with others who share a passion for reading and learning. Titles are based on the 2020/2021 One Book, One Harper theme – Food. Book discussions are sponsored by One Book, One Harper and will be facilitated by Harper College Library librarians and staff. Please contact Christine Kuffel 847.925.6859 with any questions.


It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell --

Thursday,October 1st, 2020 at 7pm-8pm or Friday, October 2nd, 2020 @ 2pm-3pm

Andie Mitchell battled weight and food issues her entire life. This heartfelt memoir shares the story of her triumph over both and her struggle with the unexpected aftermath of her success. An honest look at the bittersweet side of weight loss.


With a Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at 7pm-8pm or Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 2pm-3pm

With the Fire on High follows the coming-of-age of Emoni Santiago, a teenaged mother who dreams of becoming a chef. Emoni a senior year at Schomburg Charter, faces the typical adolescent challenges of navigating relationships, finding adult mentors, and making choices for the future.


The Baker’s Secret: A Novel by Stephen P. Kiernan --

Thursday,December 3rd, 2020 at 7pm-8pm, 2020 or Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 2pm-3pm

France, World War II - A humble, but headstrong, young woman helps her fellow villagers through life under German occupation. This talented baker feeds her starving neighbors with food and hope. A story that speaks to resiliency, generosity, and the human spirit.



Virtual Presentations:

Elegant Indulgence: The History and Rituals of Afternoon Tea with Leslie Goddard

Wednesday, September 16,2020 at 2pm

Join us as historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores the history and luxurious artistry of afternoon tea. How and when did the custom of enjoying tea in the late afternoon begin? Why was afternoon tea so important for the Edwardians in particular? And do you really have to hold your “pinkies up”? Learn correct tea etiquette, what a proper menu included, and why the custom of afternoon tea remains so enduringly appealing.

Elegant Indulgence: The History and Rituals of Afternoon

^This is where the presentation will be held on 9/16/2020 @2pm


Meeting number (access code): 146 263 1683

Meeting Password: TEA2020916


Betty Crocker and Her Cookbook That Changed How America Cooks with Leslie Goddard

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7pm

Long before Martha Stewart, there was Betty Crocker. In 1950, her brand-new Picture Cook Book hit shelves, with sales that rivaled that of another big book, The Bible. To date, it has sold more than 75 million copies.  Created in 1921 by a flour company, Betty Crocker became the most and most trusted advisor to American cooks. This fun illustrated lecture by historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., looks at how Betty Crocker was invented, why her cookbook has endured and what makes her so iconic. It’s perfect if you’re feeling like cooking up some nostalgia. 


The History of the Hershey Chocolate Company with Laura Keyes

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7pm

Hear the story "behind the scenes" of the beloved company, Hershey. 



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