What Students Will Be Reading: Campus Common Reading Roundup, 2018-19

By Luis Diaz | July 30 2018 | First-Year Reading

With the fall semester fast approaching, colleges and universities around the country have announced their Common Reading books for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year.  We’ve compiled a list of over 415 programs and their title selections, which you can download here: First-Year Reading 2018-19. We will continue to update this listing to provide the most comprehensive record of programs available anywhere and welcome information about titles and institutions we might have overlooked. Please feel free to contact us here with additional information.

 

University Program Name 2018-2019
Adams State University Common Reading Experience Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Adelphi University Adelphi Community Reads Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil 
Alaska Pacific University Books of the Year The Community Resilience Reader:  Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval, ed. Daniel Lerch and This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein and The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice, by Winona LaDuke
Albion College Common Reading Experience Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet
Allegheny College Allegheny Listens Common Reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Alvernia University Common Readings Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
American University Writer as Witness Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild
Appalachian State University Common Reading Program The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kauffman and the Tectonic Theatre Project
Arcadia University Summer Reading Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty that Sparked a National Debate, by Helen Prejean
Arizona State University – School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership Student Common Read Democracy: An American Novel, by Henry Adams
Arizona State University – West Campus Summer Community  Read Every Day, by David Levithan
Arkansas State University Common Reader The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf, by T. Delene Beeland
Assumption College First-Year Common Book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, by Frederick Douglass
Auburn University Auburn Connects! Common Book One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Divakaruni
Augustana College (IL) Summer Reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Aurora University  – George Williams College GWC Common Read Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Book One Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America, by Gregory Pardlo
Barton College Summer Reader The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore
Bates College Common Reading Real American: A Memoir, by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Bay Path University First-Year Read The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown, edited by Catherine Burns
Baylor University, Honors Program Freshman Reading Project How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds, by Alan Jacobs
Bellarmine University Book in Common The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,  by Wes Moore 
Bellevue College  BC Reads! March Trilogy, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Berry College Summer Reading Program Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by Dave Isay
Bismarck State College Campus Read Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Bloomfield College Orientation Reading Component summer reading “The Decline of the Newspaper: An Overview,” by Adam Berger and “The Decline of Reading: An Overview,” by Micah L. Issitt and Kathryn Cook
Bluffton University Summer Reading Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting . . . and Beyond, by Jonas Beiler
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13 Essays

• “Letter to my Son,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

•  “On Self-Respect,” by Joan Didion

• “Redfaced and Shaking” by Natashia Deón

• “Nobel Laureate Speech” by Malala Yousafzai

•  “The New American Divide,” by Charles Alan Murray

•  “Liberal Education & the Republic of the Imagination,” by Azar Nafisi

• “Diversity Isn’t ‘Being in the Room’—It’s Whites Giving Up Their Seats,” by Ernest Owens

•   “How Diversity Works,” by Katherine W. Phillips

•  “Why Bother?” by Michael Pollan

• “Does Truth Matter – Science, Pseudoscience, and Civilization,” by Carl Sagan

• “The Singer Solution to World Poverty,” by Peter Singer

• “Pursuing Happiness as a Trans Woman of Color,” by Kai Cheng Thom

• “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr

Boston College Conversations in the First Year Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Boston College – Woods College of Advancing Studies Manresa Experience Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Father Greg Boyle
Bowling Green State University Common Reading Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, by Adam Alter
Brandeis University New Student Forum First-Year Book Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain
Brescia University Common Read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Bridgewater State University One Book One Community Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: One Woman’s Desperate, Funny, and Healing Journey to Explore 30 Religions by Her 30th Birthday, by Reba Riley
Bristol Community College BCC OneBook Project Ready Player One, by Ernst Cline
Brookhaven College Open Book Project Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Broward College College Read The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown, edited by Catherine Burns
Brown University First Readings Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
Bucknell University First-Year Common Reading Antigonick, by Anne Carson
Buena Vista University Common Read University Seminar / Summer Reading Grit: The Power and Passion of Perserverance, by Angela Duckworth
Bunker Hill Community College One Book Program The Years of Zero—Coming of Age Under the Khmer Rouge, by Seng Ty
Butler University Common Reading Program Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother, by Sonia Nazario
Butte College Book in Common [w/ CSU Chico] All They Will Call You, by Tim Z. Hernandez
Cal State Polytechnic University Pomona Common Read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson
California State University – Bakersfield One Book Project Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World, by Baz Dreisinger
California State University – Channel Islands Campus Reading Celebration Hunger, by Roxanne Gay
California State University – Chico Book in Common [w/ Butte College] All They Will Call You, by Tim Z. Hernandez
California State University – Fresno On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, by John O’Leary
California State University – Monterey Bay Common Reading Experience When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka
California State University – Northridge Freshman Common Reading Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt
California State University – Sacramento One Book Program Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt
California State University – San Marcos One Book, One University The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Carlow University Common Reader Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Carnegie Mellon University Common Reading The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch
Carthage College First-Year Read The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. Du Bois
Case Western Reserve University Common Reading Program No Matter the Wreckage, by Sarah Kay
Catawba College Common Community Reading “Their Finest Hour,” by Winston Churchill
Catholic University of America Summer Reading CUA Primer, “In a Sense All Things” compilation
Centenary College of Louisiana TREK Program There’s Something I Want You To Do, by Charles Baxter
Central Methodist University Freshman Community Read Rules for a Knight, by Ethan Hawke
Central Ohio Tech College One Book, One Community Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman
Chaffey College One Book, One College Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
Chesapeake College One Maryland One Book Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence, by Tim Junkin
Christian Brothers University Fresh Reads The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Claflin University Common Reader The Rains: Voices for American Liberty, by Sulayman Clark
College of Charleston The College Reads! The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
College of New Jersey Summer Reading Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet
College of the Holy Cross Summer Reading The Rain in Portugal, by Billy Collins
College of the Redwoods Book of the Year The Madonnas of Echo Park, by Brando Skyhorse
College of William & Mary Common Book for Freshmen Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
College of William & Mary – Richard Bland College Common Read Something Must be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia town, a Civil Rights Battle, by Kristen Green
College of Wooster Summer Reading Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, by Edward Humes
Collin County Community College Book-in-Common Death in the Air:  The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City, by Kate Winkler Dawson
Colorado College Common Book Read The Original Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Colorado School of Mines Mines Common Read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,  by Wes Moore 
Community College of Aurora Big Read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Community College of Baltimore County Community Book Connection Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
Concordia College, Moorhead (MN) Summer Book Read The Power, by Naomi Alderman
Concordia University, Texas Common Reader The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Connecticut College One Book, One Region Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
Cosumnes Community College One Book The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by Archbishop Desmond Tutu & the Dalai Lama
Cuesta College Book of the Year Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me, by Ana Castillo
Cumberland County College One Book, One College The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff
CUNY Baruch College First Year Text / Freshman Text The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America, by Russell Shorto
CUNY, Queensborough Community College Common Read The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, by Will Allen
Cuyahoga Community College Common Reading / Tri-C Reads Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family, by Lisa Fenn
Davenport University First-Year Read Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits & Attitudes, by Tim Elmore
Davidson College Common Reading Book Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality, by Pamela Grundy
Defiance College First Year Common Read Prisoner of Her Past: A Son’s Memoir, by Howard Reich
Des Moines Area Community College One Book One College The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Dominican College Common Read The Color of Water, by James McBride
Drake University Humanities Reads Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Duke University Common Experience Summer Reading Program Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward
Earlham College Summer Reading “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” directed by Benh Zeitlin (film)
East Carolina University Pirate Read The Last Ballad, by Wiley Cash
East Stroudsburg University One Book, One Campus The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henríquez
Eastern Mennonite University EMU Common Read Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by David Isay
Eastern Washington University EWU Common Read The Good Food Revolution: Growing Health Food, People and Communities, by Will Allen
Eastfield College Common Book Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History, by Art Spiegelman
Eckerd College Summer Reading Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
Edgewood College Common Reading How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century, by Louis V. Clark
Elms College Common Reading Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time, by Andrew Forsthoefel
Elon University Common Reading Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Town, a Civil Rights Battle, by Kristen Green
Emory University Emory Integrity Project Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Fairleigh Dickinson University College Writing Program Friendswood, by Rene Steinke
Fashion Institute of Technology Common Read Program The 57 Bus: A True Story About Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives, by Dashka Slater
Finlandia University Campus Read Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls, by Lindsay King-Miller
Fitchburg State University Fitchburg Community Read Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
Flagler College First Year Book American War, by Omar El Akkad
Florida A&M University Freshman Summer Reading Program The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters, by Wes Moore 
Florida College Common Reading Hiroshima, by John Hersey
Florida International University FIU Common Reading A Stone of Hope: A Memoir, by Jim St. Germain
Florida State College at Jacksonville Author Series Learning Community The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover’s Adventures, by Josh Hanagarne
Fort Valley State University Common Read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore 
Franklin College Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Gavilan College One Book Program Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
George Mason University Mason|Reads March (Book One), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
George Washington University First Chapter Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin, by Susana Herrera
Georgetown University Marino Family International Writers’ Academic Workshop Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien
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• “People Like Us” by David Brooks
• “Is Google Making us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr
• “The Riddle of the Apostle Islands” by William Cronon
• “Red Faced and Shaking” by Natashia Deon
• “Solitude and Leadership” by William Deresiewicz
• “The Little Man at Chehaw Station” by Ralph Ellison
• “What Do Women Leaders Have in Common?” by Sharmilla Ganesan
• “Tell Me Where it Hurts” by Atul Gawande
• “The Weight of James Baldwin” by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansan
• “The Default Power: the False Prophecy of American Decline” by Josef Joffe
• “Why I like Country Music” by James Alan McPherson
• “50 Years After 1968, We Are Still Living In Its Shadow” by Jon Meacham
• “The American South will bear the worst of climate change’s cost” by Robinson Meyer
• “The Mountain On the Landscape of Flannery O’Connor” by William F. Monroe
• “The Dancing Mind” by Toni Morrison
• “Liberal Education & the Republic of Imagination” by Azar Nafisi
• “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell
• “How Not to Die in America” by Molly Osberg
• “How Diversity Makes us Smarter” by Katherine W. Phillips
• “I, Pencil” by Leonard E. Reed
• “With Drawl” by Laura Relyea
• “Stealing a Bag of Potato Chips and Other Acts of Resistance” by Victor Rios
• “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris
• “The Presumption of Guilt” by Bryan Stevenson
• “Total Inequality” by Derek Thompson
• “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: The Creativity of Black Women in the South” by Alice Walker
• “This is Water: 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address” By David Foster Wallace
• “The Terrifying Future of Fake News” by Charlie Warzel
Georgia State University First-Year Book Program Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
Gettysburg College First-Year Reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Glendale Community College One Book One GCC The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender and the Origins of the LA Riots, by Brenda Stevenson
Goucher College Summer Reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Grinnell College Common Reading Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
Guilford College Common Reading In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero
Gustavus Adolphus College Reading in Common Program The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, by Will Allen
Hamline University Common Reading Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really  Are, by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Hampshire College Common Reading Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
Hampton University HU Annual Read-In The Principles of Leadership: The Harvey Leadership Model, by William R. Harvey
Harrisburg Area Community College One Book/One Community Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder
Hartwick College New Student Read Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Hawkeye Community College Hawkeye Reads Ready Player One, by Ernst Cline
Henderson State University Reddie Read Program Wine to Water: How One Man Saved Himself While Trying to Save the World, by Doc Hendley
High Point University Common Read We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter, by Celeste Headlee
Hilbert College Hilbert College Reads The Lightless Sky, by Gulwali Passarley
Hiram College First Year Common Reading Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Common Read Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Hofstra University Common Reading Driver’s License (Object Lessons), by Meredith Castile
Holy Names University University Common Reading All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely
Hood College First-Year Read Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them, by Gina Kolata
Hope College “Big Read” Holland Area Community Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Howard Community College Book Connection A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, by Steve Pemberton
Illinois Central College One Book One College Frankenstein: The 1818 Text, by Mary Shelley
Illinois College Summer Common Reading / IC Connections summer reading text The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Illinois Wesleyan University Summer Reading Program Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt
Indiana State University Fall Read / Summer Reading Program A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, by Dwayne Betts
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business Common Read Program Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Jacksonville State University JSU Reads Suicide Notes, Michael Thomas Ford
John Wood Community College One Book, One College Ready Player One, by Ernst Cline
Johns Hopkins University Common Read The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, by Jo Ann Robinson and David J. Garrow
Juniata College Summer Reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Kalamazoo College Summer Common Reading Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet
Kansas State University K-State Book Network’s Common Reading The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Kent State University Common Reading Everyday Ambassadors: Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World, by Kate Otto
Knox College Summer Common Reading The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, by Bryan Doerries
Lafayette College Community Reading Book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
Lansing Community College One Book One LCC The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Le Moyne College Summer Common Reading Assignment Going to Meet the Man, by James Baldwin
Lebanon Valley College First-Year Common Reading Program Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Lehigh University Summer Reading No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming of Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine, by Rachel Pearson
Lenoir-Rhyne University Campus Read Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, by Lalai Lalami
Lewis University First Year Common Reader Saving Lives in Auschwitz: The Prisoners’ Hospital in Buna-Monowitz, by Dr. Ewa Bacon
Lone Star College – Kingwood Common Read 1984, by George Orwell
Lone Star College – University Park ReadUP! Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Los Angeles Valley College One Book, One College The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Louisiana State University – Honors College Summer Shared Read Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives, by Gary Younge
Loyola Marymount University LMU Common Book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, by Eboo Patel
Loyola University Chicago First-Year Text Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling, by Andrew Hoffman
Loyola University Maryland Common Text Program The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin and
Seuss-isms, by Dr. Seuss
Luther College Summer Reading The Odyssey, by Homer (trans. Emily Wilson)
Lynchburg College Common Reading Experience Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and The Start of a New Nation, by David A. Price
Manhattanville College First-Year Common Read Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Mansfield University Summer Reading Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Marist College Common Reading It Takes a School: The Extraordinary Story of American School in the World’s #1 Failed State, by Jonathan Starr
Marymount Manhattan College Summer Reading The Colossus of New York, by Colson Whitehead
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts First Year Reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
MassBay Community College OneBook Project Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds, edited by David H. Guston
Medaille College Freshman Summer Reading Program Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi
Meredith College Summer Reading Program Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by Dave Isay
Messiah College Common Reading Assignment Learning for the Love of God, by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby
Metropolitan Community College – Longview (MO) Common Read Some of My Best Friends Are Black, by Tanner Colby
Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods (MO) Common Read Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, by Lalai Lalami
Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley (MO) Common Read Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus A Good Read The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Miami University Summer Reading Program Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, A Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing, by Wil Haygood
Michigan State University One Book, One Community My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
Michigan Tech Summer Reading So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson
Middle Tennessee State University Summer Reading Program Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Minnesota State University – Moorhead One Book, One Community The Cartographer of No Man’s Land, by P. S. Duffy
Mississippi State University Maroon Edition—MSU Common Reading Project Calico Joe, by John Grisham
Mississippi University for Women Common Reading Initiative The World’s Largest Man, by Harrison Scott Key
Missouri State University Common Reader Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Molloy College Common Reading Program Tough as They Come, by Travis Mills
Monroe County Community College One Book, One Community of Monroe County / Big Read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
Montana State University Common Reading Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, by Michael Sandel
Montcalm Community College One Book One County Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir with Recipes from an American Family, by Kathleen Flinn 
Moraine Valley Community College One Book, One College Ms. Marvel, by G. Willow Wilson
Moravian College Common Reading Program Hiroshima, by John Hersey
Mount Holyoke College Common Read The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henríquez 
Mount St. Mary’s University (CA) Campus Read Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capό Crucet
Muhlenberg College Summer Read Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
Nash Community College Nash Reads Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg 
Nassau Community College Common Text Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Naugatuck Valley Community College One Book, One College Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, by Joshua Davis
Nevada State College Common Reading Program The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
New York University, College of Arts and Sciences and Tisch School of Arts Freshman Dialogue Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
New York University, Gallatin School Summer Reading Incidents of a Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs
New York University, Liberal Studies Summer Reading The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward
New York University, Steinhardt School New Student Reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
North Carolina A&T State University Text-in-Community Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck take you from Ordinary to Extraordinary, by Linda Kaplan-Thaler and Robin Koval
North Carolina State University Common Reading Program $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer
North Central College Summer Reading Becoming a Learner: Realizing the Opportunity of Education, by Matthews L. Sanders
North Idaho College NIC Common Reading Program: Cardinal Reads Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger
North Iowa Area Community College Common Read The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice, by Zak Ebrahim
North Lake College Blazer Common Book Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Northeastern State University Common Read Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by David Isay
Northeastern University First Pages Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff Reads/NAUreads Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Northern Illinois University First Year Common Reading Experience Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capό Crucet
Northern State University Common Read The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Northern Vermont University -Johnson Common Reading Initiative 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives, by Dashka Slater
Northwestern University One Book, One Northwestern The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Norwich University First Read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore 
Notre Dame of Maryland University Common Reading Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir, by Rachel Lloyd
Oakland University – Honors College Common Read Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, by Leonard Mlodiniow
Occidental College First-Year Summer Reading How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Moshin Hamid
Ocean County College Common Read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore 
Ohio Northern University Campus Common Reading Dreamland: The True Tale of American’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones
Ohio State University – Newark One Book, One Community Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman
Oklahoma City University OCU Reads The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Onondaga Community College Common Read The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Otterbein University Common Book The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Our Lady of the Lake University Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Pace University Common Reader Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Pacific Lutheran University Common Reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Pacific University FYS Summer Reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Palm Beach State College Common Reader Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
Palomar College Palomar Reads The Common Good, by Robert Reich
Pennsylvania State University – Altoona Common Read Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
Pennsylvania State University – Berks Common Reading Program The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—and How to Make the Most of Them Now, by Meg Jay
Pennsylvania State University – New Kensington First-Year Summer Reading Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by Dave Isay
Piedmont Virginia Community College One Book Project The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
Pierce College One Book, One Campus Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retalling, by Marc Mauer and Sabrina Jones
Polk State College Common Read Program Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by David Isay
Pomona College First-Year Book Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
Princeton University Princeton Pre-Read Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, by Keith Whittington
Providence College Common Reading Program Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Purdue University Big Read / Common Reading Program The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Quinsigamond Community College One Book Project Hammer Head: the Making of a Carpenter, by Nina MacLaughlin
Ramapo College of New Jersey FYS Summer Reading The Leavers, by Lisa Ko
Regis College Common Reading Program Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Community Read Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil 
Rhode Island College Open Books-Open Minds Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
Rhodes College Rhodes Reads The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Rider University Shared Read Program How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, by Moustafa Bayoumi
Rivier University One Book, One Campus Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by David Isay
Roger Williams University Common Reading The Water Will Come:  Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, by Jeff Goodell
Rutgers University, Camden Summer Read The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Rutgers University, SAS Honors Program Summer Reading The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, by Thi Bui
St. Bonaventure University All Bonaventure Reads Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
St. Edward’s University Freshman Common Text Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Saint Francis University Summer Reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Saint Mary’s University of California FYE Common Reading Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Freshman Read Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
Saint Michael’s College Common Text Hamilton: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording), by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Salem College Summer Read What We Lose, by Zinzi Clemmons
Salem State University First Year Reading Experience (FYRE) The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Sam Houston State University Common Reader Program What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, by Dan Rather
San Jose State University SJSU Reading Program The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, by John Carlos and Dave Zirin
Santa Barbara City College SBCC Reads The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival, by Alicia Partnoy
Santa Clara University Common Reading “The Moral Bucket List,” by David Brooks and “A New Model for Campus Health: Integrating Well-being Into Campus Life,” by Pam Watts
Seattle University Common Text Tulalip from My Heart: An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community, by Harriet Shelton Dover
Seton Hall University Summer Reading In Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet, by James Orbesen
Sewanee The Univeristy of the South Summer Reading Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Shepherd University Common Reading The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea, by Hyeonseo Lee
Siena College Summer Reading For First Year Seminar Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley and Gris Grimly
Siena Heights University Summer Reader How To Fly A Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery, by Kevin Ashton
Simmons College Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Skidmore College Summer Reading Program Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
Smith College Smith Reads We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler
South Dakota State University Common Read Wrecked, by Maria Padian
Southeastern Louisiana University Common Read Battleborn, by Claire Vaye Watkins
Southern Methodist University Common Reading Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Spelman College Summer Reading American Marriage, by Tayari Jones and
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Stanford University Three Books Program Brother, I’m Dying, by Edwidge Danticat
Signs Preceding the End of the World, by Yuri Herrera and
Native Speaker, by Chang-rae Lee
Stockton University Freshman Common Reading Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Stony Brook University First-Year Reading My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
SUNY Brockport Freshman Summer Reading Program The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
SUNY Maritime College Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, by Scott Kelly
SUNY Oneonta Common Read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
SUNY Oswego Oswego Reading Initiative Tell Me How It Ends, by Valeria Luiselli
Susquehanna University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Reading Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018-19 theme, “Reselience,” in common reading anthology, Perspectives on Reselience.                                                                                         “On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus” by Jessica Bennett
Excerpt from Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
“En La Calle San Sebastián” by Martín Espada
“Why Some People Are More Resilient Than Others” by Denise Cummins
“Gender equality, resilience to climate change, and the design of livestock projects for rural livelihoods” (2015) by Nicola J.C. Chanamuto and Stephen J.G. Hall
“The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print is Far From Dead” by Alexandra Alter
“Resilience in Immigrant and Refugee Families” by Jennifer Doty
Letter from WWI soldier Désiré Edmond Renault translated by Amanda DuCharme
“Black Men Emerging” by Derrick R. Brooms
“The Profound Emptiness of ‘Resilience'” by Parul Sehgal
“Resilience: Surfing the Waves with Style,” excerpt from The Mindful Twenty-Something by Holly B. Rogers
Excerpt from Get in the Game by Cal Ripken Jr
Sweet Briar College Common Reading Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Syracuse University Syracuse Reads Program Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Texas A&M International University Campus Read /Freshman Read / “Reading the Globe” First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, by Loung Ung
Texas A&M University Brazos Valley Reads Island of Bones and How Winter Began, by Joy Castro
Texas A&M University – Texarkana Common Reading Experience Delusions of Gender:  How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create, by Cordelia Fine
Texas Christian University TCU Common Reading Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Texas State University Common Experience: Summer Reading Program The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman
Texas Woman’s University Book-in-Common The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
The Citadel Summer Reading Program A Few Good Men, by Aaron Sorkin
The College of New Jersey Summer Reading Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet
Thomas College Common Read The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy., by Tom Rinaldi
Trinity University Reading TUgether The Prince of Los Cocuyos, by Richard Blanco
Tufts University Common Reading Program Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann
Tulane University Tulane Reading Project Beartown, by Fredrik Backman
University of Alabama – Birmingham Common-Read Discussion Book Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi
University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Honors College Common Book Experience American War, by Omar El Akkad
University of Alaska, Anchorage Books of the Year The Community Resilience Reader:  Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval, ed. Daniel Lerch and This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. the Climate,  by Naomi Klein and The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice,  by Winona LaDuke
University of Alaska, Southeast One Campus, One Book Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, by Joshua Davis
University of Arizona – Honors Program Common Reading Program On Trails: An Exploration, by Robert Moor
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville One Book One Community The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
University of Arkansas, Fort Smith Big Read Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
University of California, Berkeley On the Same Page The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
University of California, Davis Campus Community Book Project The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by Douglas Abrams
University of California, Santa Barbara UCSB Reads Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
University of California, Santa Cruz – Cowell College Summer Reading Island of a Thousand Mirrors, by Nayomi Munaweera and Unflattening, by Nick Sousanis
University of California, Santa Cruz – Crown College Summer Reading Assignment “Bloodchild,” by Octavia E. Butler and  “The Girl Who Was Plugged In,” by James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon)  and “Mono no Aware,” by Ken Liu
University of California, Santa Cruz – Oakes College Summer Reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
University of Central Arkansas Summer Reading The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel
University of Central Florida Common Reading Dust Tracks on a Road, by Zora Neale Hurston
University of Chicago – Booth School of Business Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want, by Nicholas Epley
University of Cincinnati – McMicken College of Arts & Sciences UC Common Read Radioactive, by Lauren Redniss
University of Delaware First Year Common Reader Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
University of Denver One Book, One DU Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way, by Molly Birnbaum
University of Detroit Mercy Common Read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
University of Evansville, Honors Program Common Read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
University of Georgia – College of Education Big Read To Live, by Yu Hua
University of Houston Provost Summer Read Program In The Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero
University of Houston – Clear Lake Common Reader Program Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by David Isay
University of Houston – Downtown Freshman Common Reader Program The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
University of Idaho Common Read Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
University of Kansas KU Common Books Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, by Edwidge Danticat
University of Kansas Medical Center One Book Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan
University of Louisiana – Monroe Summer Reading Program This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman
University of Maine, Honors College Honors Read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
University of Mary Washington Common Read “Dear Evan Hansen” (text and soundtrack)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County New Student Book Experience Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Common Read Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Summer Reading Assignment Selections from Thisibelieve.org
University of Miami One Book, One U Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet
University of Michigan, Engineering Engineering Common Reading Experience The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
University of Michigan – Flint Common Read The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities CEHD Reads Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet
University of Mississippi Common Reading Experience Collected Stories, by William Faulkner
University of Missouri – Kansas City Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
University of Missouri,  Honors College Honors College One Read First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, by Loung Ung
University of Missouri,  Law School Mizzou Law One Read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
University of Mount Olive Common Reading One Second After, by William Forstchen
University of Nebraska – Omaha Common Reader Experience My Antonia, by Willa Cather
University of North Carolina – Asheville Summer Reading The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,  by Wes Moore 
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Carolina Summer Reading Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships, by Mitch Prinstein
University of North Carolina – Charlotte Common Reading Experience Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
University of North Carolina – Greensboro Keker First Year Common Read The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande
University of Notre Dame – Glynn Family Honors Program

 

 

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain or
Sync, by Steven H. Strogatz or
Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare or
Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer or
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley or
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance or
Dreams of My Father, by Barack Obama
University of Oregon Common Reading The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, by Thi Bui
University of Pennsylvania Penn Reading Project The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder
University of Portland ReadUP – One Book Together Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
University of Rhode Island Common Reading The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony With Your Brain, by Terry Doyle and Todd Zakrajsek
University of Richmond One Book, One Richmond When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matters Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
University of Saint Mary Common Read The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy., by Tom Rinaldi
University of San Diego Just Read! $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Schaefer
University of South Alabama Common Read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
University of South Carolina First-Year Reading Experience A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, by Warren Berger
University of South Carolina Aiken First-Year Reading Experience Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey From a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, by Dan-El Padilla Peralta 
University of South Carolina Upstate PREFACE The Weight of this World, by David Joy
University of South Florida Common Reading Experience The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
University of Southern Indiana Bonding Through Books The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, by Adam Braun
University of Southern Mississippi – Honors College Freshman Experience Summer Reading Program / The Big Read Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan
University of South Carolina – Beaufort First-Year Reading Experience In The Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero
University of Tennessee – Chattanooga Read2Achieve Immigration Essays, by Sybil Baker
University of Texas at Tyler Common Reading Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
University of Toledo Common Read Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger and Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from The Best in The World, by Timothy Ferris
University of Utah – Honors College Summer Reading The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler
University of Vermont First-Year Summer Reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
University of Wisconsin – Madison Go Big Read The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Chadbourne Residential College Common Read How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America, by Moustafa Bayoumi
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Common Reading Experience “Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took On The Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement,” by Roxanne Gay
University of Wisconsin – Stout Honors Colloquium/ Into the Book Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, by Kathryn Schulz and
Utah State University Common Literature Experience The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown
Utah Valley University Freshman Reading Program The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea, by Hyeonseo Lee
Vanderbilt University Commons Reading The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, by Jonathan Haidt
Villanova University One Book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Virginia Commonwealth University Common Reading Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, by Valeria Luiselli
Virginia Tech University Common Book A Land of Permanent Goodbyes, by Atia Abawi
Wagner College Summer Reading Assignment We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Wallace State College Common Read Initiative What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question by Po Bronson
Wartburg College Knight Reading Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
Washington College First Year Book Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
Washington State University WSU Common Reading Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith
Washington State University – Tri-Ciites Common Reading Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Washington University in St. Louis Common Reading Program Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie
Wesleyan University First Year Matters Common Reading A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain, by Christina Crosby
West Texas A&M University Readership WT Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
West Virginia University Campus Read Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Western Carolina University One Book The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henríquez
Western Michigan University University  Common Read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Western Washington University Western Reads Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, edited by Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha
Western Wyoming Community College HMDV 1005 The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Westminster College (MO) One Read Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann
Westminster College (PA) The Next Chapter: First Year Program People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks
Westmont College Westmont Summer Reads An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest, by Alan Fadling
Wichita State University WSU Reads Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
William Peace University Common Summer Reading Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Williams College Williams Reads Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward
Winona State University WSU Common Book Project White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga
Winthrop University Common Book Project Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Town, a Civil Rights Battle, by Kristen Green
Wisconsin Lutheran College Campus Read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Xavier University of Louisiana Freshman Year Shared Reading The Broken Ladder:  How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die, by Keith Payne 
York College, CUNY Common Reader New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser