Start your college education with a common reading experience.
For many years, the Core Program has asked incoming Oxy students to engage with a Summer Reading before they matriculate in the Fall. In assigning this common reading, our goals have been to stimulate discussion and promote critical thinking on topics of contemporary relevance; to help introduce students to the Mission of the College; and to provide a way for new students to connect with one another through a common intellectual experience. Starting in 2022, the Summer Reading Program has joined with the Community Book Program to allow the entire Occidental community to participate.
Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay has been selected as this year’s Community Book. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book award, Cha’s 2019 powerful novel about racial tensions in LA follows two families—one Korean-American, one African-American—grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime based on the actual death of Latasha Harlins. Cha weaves a compelling story about how this traumatic event affects both families involved as well as the entire Black and Asian communities in Los Angeles by depicting events in 1991 and in 2019.
All first-year students will be expected to read Your House Will Pay prior to the beginning of August. There will be discussions about the book during New Student Orientation and as part of First Year Seminars. Students can request a free e-book of Your House Will Pay by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; you’ll be sent a code allowing you to download your copy at no charge.
Request a free digital copy of Your House will Pay.
Students can request a free e-book by sending an email to email@example.com. You will be sent a code allowing you to download your copy at no charge.