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Bea's Book! - Fall 2020: Home

About Bea's Book!

The SWIC Library book club known as Bea's Book! was created to celebrate diversity and to provide a space for students to build community by talking about interesting reads and connecting with fellow students!

The club, Bea’s Book! is named in memory of longtime Southwestern Illinois College librarian, Bea Fries. Bea held the position of librarian at SWIC for forty-five years from July 1967 until May 2012. Her generous bequest to the SWIC Library established the Bea Fries Memorial Library Fund. Through this fund, a great deal of library materials are acquired each year for all to enjoy!

More Info

Who can participate?
Bea's Book! is open to Southwestern Illinois College students, faculty and staff. 

How many books?
Club members read 1 book per semester. A description and review of the selected books are found on this page. 

What will the meeting consist of?
A fun, thought provoking discussion amongst fellow book club members will be arranged towards the end of the semester. Watch your SWIC email for an invite! 

Want more information?
Talk to a friendly librarian. We're excited to meet you!  Stop by anytime the library is open. Can't make it to the library?  Contact us via email with your questions - we'll be in touch soon!

Fall 2020 Sign up!

JOIN the club 

How do I get a FREE copy of the book?
Watch this quick video on how to place a request. Once requested, library staff will pull your book from the shelf and email you that it's ready for pick up at the library's front desk. You will need your SWIC ID to check items out of the library. The typical loan period for library items is 4 weeks. Current library hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Fall 2020 Book Selection

This Fall, in honor of Hispanic Heritage, Bea's Book! presents I am not your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by award winning author, Erika L. Sanchezwinner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, and the Tomas Rivera Award. 



National Book Award Finalist!
Instant New York Times Bestseller!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 
meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home.  
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend, Lorena, and her first love (first everything), Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

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Samantha Rogers
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Jennifer Bone
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Mark Light
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