Common Reading Book Selection

Selection Criteria
The selection process involves a range of faculty and staff participants including (but not limited to): the Director of the Exceptional Beginnings Program, the Integrative Core Advisory Board, the Written and Oral Communications Board; they read and evaluate the merits of books ranging from fiction and creative non-fiction, autobiography, memoir, and poetry.  Among the criteria considered are:

  • A work by a significant – major or rising – author, available – whenever feasible – to visit the campus;
  • A level of complexity appropriate for students and members of the wider university community;
  • A topic or theme both relevant and appealing to both young adults and the wider university community;
  • A subject that lends itself to curricular and co-curricular university wide programming and special activities.


Books Selected in Past Years

  • Island Out of Time, Tom Horton
  • A Hope in the Unseen, Ron Suskind
  • The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
  • Choosing Civility, P. M. Forni
  • Nickeled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Professors’ Guide to Getting Good Grades in College by Lynn F. Jacobs, Ph.D. and Jeremy S. Hyman, M.A.
  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Olive Reilin
  • When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heavenby Sherman Alexia
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