Cumberland's latest One Book-One College selection named

Cumberland County College's "One Book-One College" 2015-16 reading campaign has launched with the selection of the New York Times bestseller, "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline.

Now in its 12th year, CCC's successful One Book-One College concept was designed to get the campus and the community to bond by discussing relevant themes covered in a single book. A recommended read on Cumberland's campus, members of the community are also urged to read the book.

"Orphan Train" is a gripping tale of upheaval and resilience, friendship and second chances. Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or by chance. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, the book tells the story of Vivian, a young Irish immigrant who is sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

CCC's One Book-One College program is highlighted each year with an on-campus visit by the author.

For more information about the One Book-One College reading program at Cumberland County College, call 856-691-8600 ext. 1358.