What Students Will Be Reading: Campus Common Reading Roundup, 2021-22

By Luis Diaz | September 10 2021 | First-Year Reading

With the fall semester in full swing, colleges and universities around the country have announced their Common Reading books for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year.  We’ve compiled a list of over 460 programs and their title selections, which you can download here: First-Year Reading 2021-22. 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.

 

Alaska Pacific University Alaska Pacific University Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward     
and Threadbare: Class and Crime in Urban Alaska, by Mary Kudenov
and Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,  edited by Paul Hawken
and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein
and Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval, edited by Daniel Lerch
and The Winona LaDuke Chronciles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice, by Winona LaDuke
Albion College Common Reading Experience How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Allegheny College Allegheny Listens Common Reading How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Alvernia University Common Reading Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World, by Rabbi Michael Lern
American University Writer as Witness Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, by Brittney Cooper
Appalachian State University Common Reading Program Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home, by Nora Krug
Arcadia University Summer Reading Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob
Arizona State University Common Read Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America, by  Michael Eric Dyson
Arizona State University – West Campus Summer Community  Read We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations that Matter, by Celeste Headlee
Assumption College COMPASS Reading Inferno, by Dante
Augustana College (IL) Augie Reads When the Emperor Was Divine, by Juile Otsuka
Avila University First-Year Experience Common Reading Program Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Woodard and the Awakening of America, by Richard Gergel
Baldwin Wallace University Common Read Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
Bard College Language and Thinking Program An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, an Epic, by Daniel Mendelsohn
Baylor University, Honors Program Freshman Reading Project Wit: A Play, by Margaret Edson
Benedictine University Summer Reading   “Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters,” by McKinsey & Company

  “Of History and Memory,” by Gerda Lerner (excerpt from Why History Matters)

  “The Church Opposes Science: The Myth of Catholic Irrationality,” by Christopher Kaczor

Bergen Community College Common Read Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Berry College Summer Reading Program Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, by Judith Heumann
Bethel College First Year Seminar Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks
Bluegrass Community and Technical College Common Read The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, by Anthony Ray Hinton
Boston College Conversations in the First Year Reclaiming Conversation:  The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle
Bowling Green State University Common Reading Suspended
Brandeis University New Student Forum First-Year Book Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Brescia University Common Read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Bridgewater State University One Book One Community The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams
Bristol Community College BCC OneBook Project Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman
Broward College College Read Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
Brown University First Readings “Slavery and Justice Report,” Brown University
Bucknell University First-Year Common Reading The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Bunker Hill Community College One Book Program Citizen Illegal, by José Olivarez
Butler University Common Reading Program My Time Will Come, by Ian Manuel
Butte College Book in Common There There, by Tommy Orange
Cal State Polytechnic University Pomona Common Read The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, by Jamil Zaki
California State University – Bakersfield One Book Project The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande
California State University – Chico Book in Common There There, by Tommy Orange
California State University – Fullerton One Book, One CSUF They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei
California State University – Los Angeles One Campus, One Book The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, by Thi Bui
California State University – Maritime Common Reading Program The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
California State University – Northridge Freshman Common Reading When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
California State University – Sacramento One Book Program Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
California State University – San Marcos Common Read There There, by Tommy Orange
Calumet College of St. Joseph First Year Experience Reader The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, by Will Allen
Cardinal Stritch University Common Read There There, by Tommy Orange
Case Western Reserve University Common Reading Program Wade in the Water, by Tracy K. Smith
Catawba College Common Summer Reading “The Perils of Indifference,” by Elie Wiesel and “This is Water,” by David Foster Wallace
Catawba Valley Community College Interdisciplinary Read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson
Cedar Crest College Common Read / Shared Reading The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
Central College Common Reading Experience The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Central Ohio Technical College Freshman Reader March: Book One, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Chaffey College One Book, One College Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home, edited by Adi Alsaid
Chesapeake College One Maryland One Book The Book of Delights: Essays, by Ross Gay
Christian Brothers University Fresh Reads Thick, and Other Essays, by Tressie McMillan Cottom
City College of San Francisco One Campus, One Book Free City!: The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education for All, by Marcy Rein, Mickey Ellinger and Vicki Legion and Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, by Zaretta Hammond
Coconino Community College CCC Common Reading “American Tensions,” a repository of free, open-source content intended to inspire and cultivate civil conversations
Colgate University Summer Reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
College of Charleston The College Reads! The Story of More, by Hope Jahren
College of New Jersey Summer Reading The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
College of St. Scholastica Dignitas Summer Reading Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
College of Wooster Summer Reading Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
Collin County Community College Book-in-Common The Beauty in Breaking, by Michele Harper
Colorado College Common Book Read No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America, by Darnell L. Moore
Colorado Mountain College CMC Common Reader The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild, by Craig Childs
Colorado State University Rams Read The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming, by Natasha Bowens-Blair
Columbia College (MO) One Read Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep
Columbus College of Art and Design Common Reading Book They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, by Hanif Abdurraqib
Community College of Baltimore County Community Book Connection Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Concordia College, Moorhead (MN) Summer Book Read Suspended
Connecticut College One Book, One Region Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu
Cosumnes Community College One Book Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwal
Cottey College First-Year Seminar Common Reader The Girl Who Smiled Beads, by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
Crafton Hills College One Book, One College Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
CUNY Baruch College First Year Text The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers, by Bridgett Davis
CUNY City College Community Read The Sum of Us:  What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee
CUNY Hostos Community College Hostos Reads Project • “b.b. free,” by Gabby Rivera & Royal Dunlap  (Graphic Story)

• “POETRY before PROSE,” by Marco Saavedra (from Archives in Poetry)

• Excerpts from Domincana (novel) and dominicananyc (Instagram page), by Angie Cruz

• “Positive Obsession,” by Octavia E. Butler (essay)

Cuyahoga Community College Common Reading / Tri-C Reads Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong
Dakota College at Bottineau Campus Book Read My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It, by James Barilla
Dakota College at Bottineau Campus Book Read My Backyard Jungle: The adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It, by James Barilla
Dallas College College Book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
Davenport University First-Year Read Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits & Attitudes, by Tim Elmore
Davidson College Reynolds Lecture Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
De Anza College One Book, One College, One Community The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, by Alicia Garza
Defiance College First Year Common Read What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Delaware County Community College College-Wide Reading Program Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
DePaul University – Honors Program Summer Common Read Suspended
Des Moines Area Community College One Book One College Know My Name, by Chanel Miller
Dickinson College Common Read Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Dominican College Freshman Read Yasmina’s Necklace, Rohina Malik
Donnelly College Common Read Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, by Immaculée Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin
Drake University Humanities Reads The Glitter in the Green, by Jon Dunn and How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
Duke University Common Experience Summer Reading Program Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
East Carolina University Pirate Read The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, by Dolly Chugh
East Los Angeles College One Book, One College (OBOC) Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love, edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond
East Stroudsburg University One Book, One Campus Suspended
Eastern Mennonite University EMU Common Read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Eastern Michigan University Common Read Suspended
Eastern Michigan University – Honors Program Common Read The Women of the Copper Country, by Mary Doria Russell
Eckerd College Summer Reading Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life, by Lulu Miller
Elizabethtown College Classics Summer Reading Discourse / Open Book Choosing Civility: Twenty-Five Riles of Considerate Conduct, by P.M. Forni and Inspirations: Selection from Classic Literature, edited by Paulo Coelho
Elms College Common Read My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
Elon University Common Reading Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
Emory University Emory Integrity Project Suspended
Evergreen State College Orientation Common Reading Selections from Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, by adrienne maree brown andTeaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom, by bell hooks
Excelsior College Common Read Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
Fashion Institute of Technology Common Read Program Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Feather River College Book in Common All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson
Fitchburg State University Fitchburg Community Read Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, by Jessica Bruder
Florida A&M University Summer Reading Program Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism, by Jelani Favors
Florida Atlantic University – Wilkes Honor College Freshman Book Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Florida College Common Reading 1984, by George Orwell
Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles Read Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet, by Ashlee Piper
Florida International University FIU Common Reading Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary, Resilient, Disabled Body, by Rebekah Taussig
Florida State College at Jacksonville Author Series Learning Community Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, by Michaela DePrince
Fordham College – Lincoln Center First-Year Summer Read The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Fordham University – Rose Hill First-Year Summer Read The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
George Mason University Mason|Reads The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
George Washington University – Elliott School of International Affairs First-Year Reading Call Me American, by Abdi Nor Iftin
Georgetown College Common Read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Georgetown University Marino Family International Writers’ Academic Workshop Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
Georgia College & State University GC Reads Essay 1: “Righteous Incivility,” by Amy Olberding

Essay 2: “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Essay 3: “When to Break a Rule,” by Stephen Nadler

Essay 4: “Escape the Echo Chamber,” by C Thi Nguyen

Essay 5: “What We Can All Learn from Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” by Heather Elliott

Essay 6: “There’s Nothing Virtuous About Finding Common Ground,” by Tayari Jones

Essay 7: “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation,” by John Lewis

Essay 8: “‘I Love You, But You’re Wrong,’ And Other Salvos on the Front Lines of Civility,” by Neva Grant

Essay 9: “Politics and the English Language,” by George Orwell

Essay 10: “Sorry But Not Sorry,” by Nick Smith

Georgia Gwinnett College Common Reading Initiative American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures, edited by America Ferrera
Georgia Southern University Common Read Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
Georgia State University First Year Book Program Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
Glendale Community College (AZ) GCC Reads I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika Sánchez
Goucher College Summer Reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Green River College One Book So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
Greenfield Community College Reading for Change The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, by Jamil Zaki
Greenville Technical College Common Read With the Fire on High, by Elizabeth Acevedo
Guilford College Common Reading The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, by Jamil Zaki
Gustavus Adolphus College Reading in Common Program Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil
Guttman Community College, CUNY Summer Bridge Common Read “City Limits,” by Colson Whitehead
Hamline University Common Read How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Harvard College Community Conversations • “Why they protest: Harvard students share why they took part in recent BLM protests and what this moment means to them” by Juan Siliezar. The Harvard Gazette. July 9, 2020.

• “Asian Americans Are Still Caught in the Trap of the ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype. And It Creates Inequality for All” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. TIME. June 25, 2020.

• “Wearing a mask helps me blend in, but my facial disfigurement makes me who I am” by Ariel Henley. The Lily. July 4, 2020

• “It’s Going to Be a Lot More Lonely.’ A Dramatically Different Ramadan for U.S. Muslims Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns” by Sanya Mansoor. TIME. April 23, 2020

• “LGBTQ immigrants talk about waiting on 2 life-changing Supreme Court decisions” by Nicole Narea. VoxMedia. June 18, 2020

• “I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet”. by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. The Washington Post. June 3, 2020.

Harvard Divinity School Common Read Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation, by Nick Estes, Melanie K. Yazzie, Jennifer Nez Denetdale, and David Correia
Hawkeye Community College Hawkeye Reads We The Interwoven: An Anthology of Bi-Cultural Iowa, Vol. II., by Andrea Wilson and Alisha Jeddeloh
Hesston College Community Read Suspended
Hiram College First Year Common Reading Citizen, by Claudia Rankine
Hofstra University Common Reading “The 1619 Project,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times
Hollins University Common Reading The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henríquez
Holy Names University Common Reading Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Hope College “Big Read” Holland Area Community An American Sunrise: Poems, by Joy Harjo
Howard Community College Book Connection Everywhere You Don’t Belong, by Gabriel Bump
Illinois Central College One Book One College One of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus
Illinois College Summer Common Reading No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, by Greta Thunberg
Illinois Valley Community College One Book, One College Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies that Delivered the Opioid Epidemic, by Eric Eyre
Illinois Wesleyan University Summer Reading Program What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Indiana University – School of Medicine Common Read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Indiana University Northwest One Book…One Campus…One Community  Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by

Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Indiana University Southeast Common Experience Uplifting Stories: True Tales to Inspire You to Take Action, by Ione Butler
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business Common Read Program Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
Jacksonville State University JSU Reads Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by Dave Isay
Johns Hopkins University Common Question “What Is Progress?” 15 selected essays and videos
Johnson County Community College Common Read Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein
Kalamazoo College Summer Common Reading All Heathens, by Marianne Chan
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Common Read There There, by Tommy Orange
Kansas State University K-State Book Network’s Common Reading The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline
Kean University Common Read The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo
Kent State University Common Reading Suspended
Knox College Summer Common Reading Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
Lackawanna College Lackawanna Reads One Book, One College Look Back to Yesterday, by Tara Lynn Marta
Lafayette College Community Reading Book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
LaGrange College Freshman Summer Reading Assignment Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Lake Erie College Common Reading The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How., by Daniel Coyle
Lake Superior State University Campus Read Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman
Lakeshore Technical College Common Read Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice, by Kristin J. Anderson
Lansing Community College Beyond the Book Mind and Matter: My Life in Math and Football, by John Ursche
and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
and Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
Lasell College Common Reading Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by Dave Isay
Le Moyne College Summer Common Reading Assignment “Sonny’s Blues,” by James Baldwin
Lenoir-Rhyne University Campus Read The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Lewis and Clark College Common Reading “Taking Up Space,” by Mareshah “MJ” Jackson
Lewis University First Year Common Reader Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman
Lipscomb University LIGHT Common Read They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei
Lone Star College – University Park ReadUP! Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It, by Jamie Margolin
Los Angeles Valley College One Book, One College Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Louisiana State University Honors College Summer Shared Read Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, by Elizabeth Rush
Lourdes University Common Read/Summer Read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Loyola Marymount University LMU Common Book • Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
• White Tears / Brown Scars, by Ruby Hamad
• How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
• The Sum of Us, by Heather McGhee
Loyola University Chicago Rambler Read Thick:  And Other Essays, by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine Common Read Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, by John Lewis
Loyola University Maryland Common Text Program The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose, by Chris Wilson and Bret Witter
Luther College Summer Reading The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
Maine College of Art Common Reading Goodbye, Again:  Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations, by Jonny Sun
Malone University College Experience Common Book Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman
Manchester Community College Common Read Call Me American, by Abdi Nor Iftin
Manhattan College Common Text So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
Manhattanville College First-Year Common Read A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir, by Daisy Hernández
Mansfield University Summer Reading They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei
Marist College Common Reading Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, by Emmanuel Acho
Maryville University Maryville Reads Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Reads Sexual Citizens: Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus, by Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan
Medical College of Wisconsin Common Read Know My Name, by Chanel Miller
Menlo College Common Book The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, by Thi Bui
Mercer County Community College Common Book Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas
Meredith College Summer Reading Program Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Messiah University Common Reading Assignment The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Metropolitan Community College – Longview (MO) Common Read Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi
Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley (MO) Common Read The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, by Ted Genoways
Metropolitan State University Denver 1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, by Alicia Elliott
Michigan Tech Summer Reading Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Middle Tennessee State University Summer Reading Program The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore
Midway University Common Read The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown, edited by Catherine Burns
Minnesota State University – Moorhead One Book, One Community Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, by Anton Treuer
Mississippi State University Maroon Edition—MSU Common Reading Project The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven R. Covey
Mississippi University for Women Common Reading Initiative Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Missouri State University Common Reader The Code: The Power of “I Will”, by Shaun Tomson with Patrick Moser
Molloy College Common Reading Program Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Montcalm Community College MCC Reads and One Book One County Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship, by Michelle Kuo
Montcalm Community College MCC Reads The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, by W. Bruce Cannon
Moorpark College One Campus, One Book The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Moraine Valley Community College One Book, One College All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson
Morovian College InFocus Summer Reading The Cancer Journals, by Audre Lorde
Mount Holyoke College Common Read The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward
Mount St. Mary’s University (MD) Summer Reading Program What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Nassau Community College Common Reading Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Nevada State College Common Read Program Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman
New York University NYU Reads / Common Read Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
North Carolina A&T State University Text-in-Community Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
North Dakota State University One Book, One Community Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, by Anton Treuer
North Idaho College NIC Common Reading Program: Cardinal Reads Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor, by Virginia Eubanks
North Iowa Area Community College Common Read Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, by Eli Saslow
North Lake College Blazer Common Book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
Northeastern State University Common Read The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose, by Chris Wilson and Bret Witter
Northeastern University First Pages Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
Northern Illinois University First Year Common Reading Experience Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
Northern Kentucky University Common Experience Readings “Student Activism, Diversity and the Struggle for a Just Society,” by Robert A. Rhoads and “This is What Democracy Looks Like,” by The Center for Cartoon Studies and “How to Citizen: Democracy Means People Power, Literally,” by Baratunde Thurston (podcast)
Northern Michigan University Two Books Two Communities Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie, edited by Peggy Wolff and Teacher/Pizza Guy: Poems, by Jeff Kass
Northern State University Common Read Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong
Northern Vermont University  – Johnson Common Read Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice, by Gail Bush and Randy Meyer
Northwestern College Common Read The Chosen, by Chaim Potok
Northwestern University One Book, One Northwestern The Story of More, by Hope Jahren
Northwood University Omniquest Program Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, by Arthur C. Brooks
Norwalk Community College NCC Common Read The Hill We Climb, by Amanda Gorman
Norwich University First Read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore
Notre Dame of Maryland University Common Reading Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
Oakland Community College Academic Literacy The Monk of Mokha, by Dave Eggers
Oakland University – Honors College Common Read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green
Occidental College First-Year Summer Reading The Sum of Us:  What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee
Oklahoma State University, The College of Human Sciences Freshman Reading Program The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play, by Neil Fiore
Otterbein University Common Book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, by Hans Rosling
Pacific Lutheran University Common Reading The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, by Thi Bui
Pacific University FYS Summer Reading Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship, by Michelle Kuo
Pennsylvania State University – Altoona Common Read Ghostographs: An Album, by Maria Romasco Moore
Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg Penn State Harrisburg Reads The Broken Ladder:  How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die, by Keith Payne
Pennsylvania State University – New Kensington First-Year Summer Reading All Minus One: John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech
Piedmont Virginia Community College One Book Project You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen, by Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall
Pierce College One Book, One Campus The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Polk State College Common Read Program American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures, by America Ferrera
Post University Common Read Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Pratt Institute Common Reading The Colossus of New York, by Colson Whitehead
Princeton University Princeton Pre-Read Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility, by Jennifer M. Morton
Providence College Common Reading Program Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Purdue University Big Read Binti: The Complete Trilogy, by Nnedi Okorafor
Purdue University Northwest – Calumet Campus One Book One Community What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Queens University of Charlotte Common Read Program Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet–One Bite at a Time, by Mark Hyman
Ramapo College of New Jersey FYS Summer Reading Never Caught: The Washington’s’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Raritan Valley Community College CommUNITY Reads Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing, edited by  Florence Caplow and Susan A Cohen
Reed College Welcome to Reed Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Reedley College One Book, One College The Big Burn:  Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, by Timothy Egan
Regent University Common Read Suspended
Regis University One Book, One Regis Suspended
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Community Read Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Rhode Island College Open Books-Open Minds Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
Rhodes College Rhodes Reads Thick:  And Other Essays, by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Rider University Shared Read Program Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, by Emmanuel Acho
Rivier University One Book, One Campus The Hill We Climb, by Amanda Gorman
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Common Read Suspended
Rowan College of South Jersey One Book, One College The Book of Lost Friends, by Lisa Wingate
Russell Sage College Summer Reading The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande
Rutgers University, SAS Honors Program Summer Reading Your House Will Pay, by Steph Cha
Saddleback College One Book, One College Suspended
Saint Francis University Summer Reading When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
Saint Joseph’s University SJU Reads Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
Saint Louis University Campus Read Grand Union, by Zadie Smith
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Freshman Read Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Saint Michael’s College Common Text Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Saint Paul College Campus Common Book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
Salem State University First Year Reading Experience (FYRE) Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Sam Houston State University Common Reader Program Counting Descent: Poems, by Clint Smith
San Antonio College One Book-One Read-One SAC The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, by Jamil Zaki
San Diego State University One Book One San Diego Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, by Judith Heumann
San Jose State University SJSU Reading Program Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
San Juan College One Book/One Community A Dream Called Home: A Memoir, by Reyna Grande
Santa Rosa Junior College Work of Literary Merit Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu
Seattle University Common Text Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas
Seton Hall University Summer Reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Shepherd University Common Reading Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, by Catherine Clinton
Siena College Summer Reading For First Year Seminar The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
Sierra College – Rocklin Book in Common Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
Sierra Nevada College Common Read World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Simmons University First Year Read Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
Skidmore College Summer Reading Program How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Slippery Rock University Common Read The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, by Deesha Philyaw
Smith College Smith Reads Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
Somerset Community College SCC Common Read / Summer Bridge Common Read Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
South Dakota State University Common Read What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Southeastern Louisiana University Common Read We Cast a Shadow, by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Southern Methodist University – Honors Program Summer Reading No Name in the Street, by James Baldwin
Southern University and A&M College College Success Common Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students, by Sean Covey
St. Bonaventure University All Bonaventure Reads Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality , by Sarah McBride
St. Edward’s University Common Read Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
St. Olaf College Common Read Waste: One Women’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, by Catherine Coleman Flowers
St. Petersburg College SPC Reads Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking, by Michael Syed
Stanford University Three Books Program Know My Name, by Chanel Miller
and Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
and Notes From the Field,  by Anna Deveare Smith
and “Danger of a Single Story,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (TedX) and “Empathy Gym,” by Jamil Zaki (podcast)
Stark State College Common Read Suspended
Stetson University Stetson R.E.A.D. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
Stevens Institute of Technology First Year Reading Program Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil
Stockton University Freshman Common Reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Stony Brook University One Book, One Community Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu
Stony Brook University First-Year Reading Suspended
SUNY Binghamton Common Read Conditional Citizens, by Laila Lalami
SUNY Brockport Freshman Summer Reading Program Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by Dave Isay
SUNY Cortland Common Reading How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith
SUNY Geneseo Common Summer Book Read This Is One Way to Dance: Essays, by Sejal Shah
SUNY New Paltz One Book, One New Paltz Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood
SUNY Oneonta Common Read The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater
SUNY Onondaga Community College Common Read Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
SUNY Oswego Oswego Reading Initiative Knitting the Fog, by Claudia D. Hernández
Susquehanna University Common Reading Program Adaptability: Susquehanna University Common Reading Anthology 2021-2022

• “The Art of Adaptation,” by Sarai Mannolini-Winwood

• “I Promise We’ll Have Fun,” by Nadina LaSpina

• “My Mustache, My Self,” by Wesley Morris

• “Cloud Dragon Skies,” by N.K. Jemisin

• “Women Are Hit Harder By Climate Change,” by Jessica Wapner

• “Ghost Language,” by Hasanthika Sirisena

• “The Heart of the Hopi,” by Aaron Levin

• “Code-Switching Is Not Trying to Fit into White Culture,” by Ida Harris

• “Debunking the Myths of Happiness,” by Jason Marsh

• “View from a Wheelchair,” by Jeffrey P. Whitman

• “Taking Imagination Seriously,” by Janet Echelman

• “Creating a Gender Inclusive Campus,” by Genny Beemyn and Susan R. Rankin

• “Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” by Randy Robertson

• “We Are All Bystanders,” by Jason Marsh and Dacher Keltner

• “What I Learned Inside the NBA Bubble,” by Sam Anderson

Sussex County Community College College Novel Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
Sweet Briar College Common Reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Tarrant County College-Northwest Campus Common Reader The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henríquez
Texas A&M International University Common Read Failing Up: A Professor’s Odyssey of Flunking, Determination, and Hope, by  Dr. Barbara Hong
Texas A&M University – Commerce Book in Common Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, by Joshua Davis
Texas A&M University – San Antonio Common Reading Experience Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know, by Malcolm Gladwell
Texas Christian University TCU Common Reading March Trilogy, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Texas State University Common Reading This Book Will Make You Kinder: An Empathy Handbook , by Henry James Garrett
Texas Woman’s University Book-in-Common Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
The Citadel Summer Reading Program A Few Good Men, by Aaron Sorkin
The College of New Jersey Summer Reading The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
The University of Scranton Royal Reads The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
Thomas College Common Read We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Towson University – Honors College Honors College Read The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move, by Sonia Shah
Trinity University Reading TUgether Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter, by Craig Hodges
Trinity Washington University Trinity Reads My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
Tufts University – Medical School Common Read Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
Tulane University Tulane Reading Project Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
Tulsa Community College Public Good Reads Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre, by Randy Krehbiel
Tuskegee University Year-Long Common Reading Experience (YLCRE) Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
United States Air Force Academy Common Read They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei
United States Military Academy Common Read Intimations: Six Essays, by Zadie Smith
Univeristy of Nebraska – Lincoln One Book, One Nebraska Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, by Robert Kolker
University Program Name 2021-2022
University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Honors College Common Book Experience The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, by John T. Edge
University of Alaska, Anchorage Books of the Year Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward and Threadbare: Class and Crime in Urban Alaska, by Mary Kudenov andDrawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,  edited by Paul Hawken and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein and Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval, edited by Daniel Lerch 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 American Sunrise: Poems, by Joy Harjo
University of Arizona, Honors Program Common Reading Program Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville One Book One Community Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine, by Edward Lee
University of Arkansas, Fort Smith Big Read Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann
University of California, Berkeley On the Same Page The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
University of California, Davis Campus Community Book Project How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
University of California, Irvine UCI Great Big Read The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
University of California, Santa Cruz The Deep Read Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
University of California, Santa Cruz – Cowell College Summer Reading The Night Watchman, by  Louise Erdrich andUnflattening, by Nick Sousanis
University of California, Santa Cruz – Crown College Summer Reading Assignment Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds, by Mary Shelley
University of Chicago – Harris Public Policy Common Read Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus One Book, One Campus Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More, by Janet Mock
University of Colorado, Boulder Buffs One Read American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures, edited by America Ferrera
University of Delaware First Year Common Reader Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, by Elizabeth Kolbert
University of Evansville, Honors Program Common Read Experience How Beautiful We Were, by Imbolo Mbue
University of Georgia – School of Social Work Social Justice Common Book Initiative The Sum of Us:  What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee
University of Hawaii  at Manoa Common Read Program Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
University of Houston – Clear Lake Common Reader Program Becoming Nicole: The Extraordinary Transformation of an Ordinary Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
University of Idaho Common Read Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign One Book One Campus Suspended
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – School of Art + Design One Book One School How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
University of Iowa One Community, One Book Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Aftermath of Incarceration, by Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller
University of Iowa Common Reader – Interpretation of Literature There Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
University of Kansas KU Common Books Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
University of La Verne One Book, One University Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob
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 School of Law Common Read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
University of Maine, Honors College Honors Read Becoming Nicole: The Extraordinary Transformation of an Ordinary Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
University of Mary Washington Common Read Living on Auto-Pilot, an episode from PBS’s Hacking Your Mind series
University of Maryland First Year Book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
University of Miami One Book, One U Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
University of Michigan – Dearborn Community Read Separated: Inside an American Tragedy, by Jacob Soboroff
University of Michigan – Flint Common Read The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, by J. Drew Lanham
University of Michigan, Engineering Engineering Common Reading Experience Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
University of Michigan, School of Nursing Common Read Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities CEHD Reads Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong
University of Mississippi Common Reading Experience World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
University of Missouri – Kansas City Social Justice Lecture Series Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, by Vandana Shiva
University of Missouri – Kansas City First Semester Experience Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood and Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, by Vandana Shiva
University of Missouri,  Honors College Honors College One Read Friday Black: Stories, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
University of Missouri, Law School Mizzou Law One Read Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner
University of Montana Griz Reads The Displaced, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Common Reader for FYS and SYS Suspended
University of North Alabama One Book Initiative Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness, by Jennifer Berry Hawes
University of North Carolina – Charlotte Common Reading Experience The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater
University of Northern Iowa President’s Diversity Common Read / Cornerstone Common Read Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
University of Notre Dame – Glynn Family Honors Program Summer Reading The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? by Michael Sandel
and The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
and Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
University of Oregon Common Reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
University of Pennsylvania Penn Reading Project Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, by August Wilson
University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business Common Read Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, by Adam Grant
University of Pittsburgh – Bradford Common Read Notes of a Native Son, by James Baldwin
University of Puget Sound Tacoma Reads Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
University of Richmond One Book, One Richmond All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson
University of Saint Joseph Common Read What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
University of San Diego Just Read! Suspended
University of San Francisco One Community, One Book So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
University of South Alabama Common Read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson
University of South Carolina First-Year Reading Experience Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
University of South Carolina Upstate PREFACE The Story of More, by Hope Jahren
University of South Dakota – Honors Program Honors First-Year Reading Project There There, by Tommy Orange
University of Tennessee – Chattanooga Read2Achieve So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
University of Texas at Austin – Honors Program Plan II Honors Program Where We Come From, by Oscar Cásares
University of the District of Columbia Freshman Book I Came As a Shadow: An Autobiography, by John Thompson with Jesse Washington
University of Vermont – Honors College First-Year Summer Reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
University of Virginia – Curry School of Education Curry Common Read Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong
University of Virginia – Echols Scholars Program Common Read Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong
University of Wisconsin – Madison Go Big Read Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Chadbourne Residential College Common Read American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures, by America Ferrera
Ursinus College Summer Readings – Common Intellectual Experience Dear Ijeawele:  or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Utah Valley University Freshman Reading Program What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Valencia College – Osceola Campus Common Reading The Old Drift, by Namwali Serpell
Vanderbilt University Commons Reading When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
Vassar College Common Reading How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Vassar College Common Reading Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, by Jia Tolentino
Victor Valley College One Book, One College The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline
Villanova University One Book Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Villanova University – School of Business Read to Lead No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, by Reed Hastings & Erin Meyer
Virginia Commonwealth University Common Reading Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, by Elizabeth Rush
Viterbo University First Year Student Common Read Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, by Danielle Allen
Wagner College Summer Reading Assignment Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Wake Forest University Project Wake Project Wake theme is “Re-:”   35 Titles to choose from.
Wartburg College Knight Reading Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Washburn University iRead American Pandemic: Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, by Dr. Nancy Bristow
Washington State University WSU Common Reading Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman
Washington State University – Tri-Cities Common Reading Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman
Washington State University – Vancouver Freshman Common Read Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Washington University in St. Louis Common Reading Program Suspended
Wayne State College – Honors Program Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Wellesley College Thrive! Common Read Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History, by Blair Imani and Monique Le
Wells College First-Year Read Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
Wesleyan University First Year Matters Common Experience The Sum of Us:  What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee
West Kentucky Community & Technical College One Book Read Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman
West Shore Community College Common Read The Women of Copper County, by Mary Doria Russell
West Virginia University Campus Read / Common Read The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, by Francisco Cantú
West Virginia Wesleyan College Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Western Carolina University One Book The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America’s Dilemma, by Alex Kotlowitz
Western Michigan University University  Common Read Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience, edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond
Western Michigan University – School of Medicine Common Read The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis, by Thomas Goetz
Westfield University First-Year READ Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Westminster College (MO) One Read Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep
Westminster College (PA) The Next Chapter: First Year Program Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Westmont College Westmont Summer Reads • The Book of Proverbs

• “What No One Ever Tells you about Thriving in College,” by Sruti Bandlamuri

• “A Lesson in Thanks and Vulnerability,” The Science of Happiness (podcast)

• “The Upside of Stress,” by Kelly McGonigal  (TedTalk)

• “Resilience: It’s OK to Fail,” Westmont’s Center for Student Success (video)

Wichita State University WSU Reads What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha
William Woods University One Read Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep
Williams College Williams Reads Ebony & Ivy:  Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, by Craig Steven Wilder
Winona State University WSU Common Book Project The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, by Jamil Zaki
Winthrop University Common Book Project The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea, by Hyeonseo Lee
Yavapai College Rider’s Read Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Yeshiva University Freshman Reads To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility, by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
and How To Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, by Kevin Ashton
and Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington
and “Allegory of the Cave,” from The Republic, by Plato
and The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig