One Book, One College

One Book, One College is a year-long, interdisciplinary program engaging the ICC community through the reading and discussion of a shared book.

Fostering interdisciplinary relationships through a shared reading experience.

2021-2022 One Book, One College Selection:

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The ICC Library “One Book, One College” (OBOC) Committee is happy to announce One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus as the 2021-2022 Program Selection. Read One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, a book called “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” by Entertainment Weekly magazine, and “flat-out addictive” by RT Book Reviews.  It’s the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. – Penguin Random House.

Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.  Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.  Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

They all have a motive. They all have something to hide. They all have a history with Simon. And one of them is definitely lying. – From

Join the ICC Library in reading One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus, the 2021-2022 “One Book, One College” selection. Themes such as bullying, mental health, and stereotypes are a part of this modern whodunit.

Please contact Amy Glass, Information Services Librarian, and the chair of the One Book, One College Committee, if you have any questions.

About the Author

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, its sequel One of Us Is Next, and Two Can Keep a Secret. Her work has been published in more than 40 languages. To learn more about Karen and her books, visit, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram. – From Penguin Random House author bio.

View our One Book, One College reading list for One of Us is Lying resources.

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Selections for One Book, One College are made by a team of librarians and faculty from several departments at ICC.

If you have a suggestion for next year’s read, please contact Amy Glass by email or call (309) 694-5748 or complete this online form.

Past Selections

2020-2021 Born a Crime

2019-2020 How We Got To Now

2018-2019 Frankenstein: The 1818 Text 

2017-2018 The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams 

2016-2017 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

2015-2016 March: Book One by John Lewis 

2014-2015 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Contact Amy Glass by email or call (309) 694-5748 for more information.