When your incoming freshmen class arrives on campus it is natural as an educator to simultaneously have high hopes and great concerns for them. How many will thrive in this new and different academic environment? And, just as crucial, how many will lose their way during the tumultuous first year of college? In our newly updated Books for the First-Year Student catalog you will find titles for your freshmen that will make their first year of college easier to navigate. The catalog also includes links to related resource content on the web to provide a fluid interactive experience that goes beyond the traditional printed catalog, literally linking today’s internet technology to the joy of learning. Here are books that are solid choices for freshmen common read programs: classic fiction such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Brave New World; contemporary fiction such as Bel Canto and In Country; contemporary nonfiction such as the critically acclaimed books The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and The Weight of a Mustard Seed; contemporary nonfiction books that are considered classics in their fields of study such as Fast Food Nation and Freakonomics. These are all distinguished books that never fail to generate excitement when read, discussed, and critically analyzed in the classroom setting among students.
Included in the newly updated Books for the First-Year Student catalog are just released and soon-to-be-released books that are destined to be on you and your students “must-read” list, including:
- Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
- The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
- Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey From Homelessness to Harvard by Liz Murray
- Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog
- Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran by Roxana Sabieri
These books, like all of the books featured in the catalog, spark serious discussion across disciplines, thereby allowing all students to participate. We hope that the newly updated Books for the First-Year Student catalog makes your important and often daunting task of choosing a memorable freshman common read less overwhelming and far more enjoyable.