Some universities and colleges have a “Common Read” requirement for incoming freshmen. The chosen book becomes the catalyst for writing and discussion during orientation or throughout the year in the First-Year Seminar classes.
Here are my Top Ten from books freshmen are reading for the Fall, 2018 semester.
Have you read any of them?
- Tufts University – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
- Mt Holyoke College – The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
- University of Pennsylvania – The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thorton Wilder
- University of Maryland – The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Johns Hopkins University – The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It by Jo Ann Robinson
- University of Massachusetts Amherst – Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
- University of Cincinnati – Radioactive by Lauren Redniss
- University of Arizona – On Trails by Robert Moor
- University of Oregon – The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
- Princeton University – Speak Freely by Keith Whittington
Click here to find your alma mater and the book freshman are reading for the Fall.
Remember the summer reading lists when you were in grade school? And the book you read the day before school started?
By the time you got to college, you’d figured out how to read enough to get by. The freshman year experience usually orients new students to college with a course around a book. The book that was to catapult me to new vistas of understanding and an easy transition to college life was Siddhartha. I don’t remember the discussion, but I do remember the book.
In the New York Times Book Review section, Jennifer Schuessler lists some of the books ivy-covered and brick-and-mortar institutions of higher learning are requiring for entering freshmen – Inside the List. Have you read any of them?
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Foer
- Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
- Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers
- The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brain by Nicholas Carr
- Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow
Wondering what other freshmen are reading?
Mount Holyoke’s required summer reading was Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Tufts freshmen are discussing Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat. The National Association of Scholars has a recommended list of 37 books for discussion.
One of my alma mater’s is requiring The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – have you read it yet?