Academic | Reading Programs

The following titles were adopted by schools for First Year Experience and Campus-Wide Reading programs.

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Blonde Roots
Bernardine Evaristo
Rosemont College, Western Michigan University

The Braindead Megaphone
George Saunders
University of Western Florida

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Díaz
Buena Vista University, Hampshire College, Oakland University, SUNY Stony Brook, Ursinus College

Junot Díaz
Lehman College CUNY

Eight Habits for the Heart
Clifton L. Taulbert
Mississippi University

The Element
Ken Robinson
Augustana College

Everything Matters!
Ron Currie, Jr.
Duke University

Farm City
Novella Carpenter
Cuesta College

Farming of Bones
Edwidge Danticat
Nova Southeastern University

Finding Manana
Mirta Ojito
Florida Atlantic University

Food Rules
Michael Pollan
Santa Monica College

Mary Shelley
Troy University

Gang Leader for a Day
Sudhir Venkatesh
Montana State University

Generation Debt
Anya Kamenetz
Philander Smith College

Ghost Map
Steven Johnson
Drew University, Westminster College

The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
The United States Academic Decathlon, Delaware Valley College

Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Salman Rushdie
Beloit College

The Help
Kathryn Stocket
Bowling Green State University, Caldwell Community College, Hastings High School

History of the Peloponnesian War
University of Michigan

How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?
Mustafa Bayoumi
Brooklyn College CUNY

How Starbucks Saved My Life
Michael Gates Gill
University of Illinois

In Defense of Food
Michael Pollan
Linfield College, Texas Lutheran University

Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan
Old Dominion University

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
Concordia University, Purdue University, Texas A&M Texarkana, University of Evansville, University of Louisiana – Lafayette

Lakota Way
Joseph M. Marshall III
Cal State Bakersfield

Life on the Color Line
Gregory Howard Williams
University of Cincinnati

Listening is an Act of Love
Dave Isay
Edgewood College, Holy Cross College, Howard Community College, University of Alaska Southeast, University of Mississippi

The Mind at Work
Mike Rose
Francis Marion University

My Freshman Year
Rebekah Nathan
Creighton University

Jan T. Gross
Illinois State University

The Odyssey
Salve Regina University

The Omnivore's Dilemma
Michael Pollan
Albion College, New College of Florida, Siena College, University of California Davis

Once Upon a Quinceanera
Julia Alvarez
Aurora University

The Pact
Sampson Davis
Dean College, Milton High School, Thomas College

The Pickup
Nadine Gordimer
Hofstra University

The Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex
Nathaniel Philbrick
California State University Fresno

Secret Daughter
June Cross
Oklahoma City University

The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Miami Dade College

Koren Zailckas
Culver Stockton

The Soloist
Steve Lopez
Cumberland County College, Guilford Technical Community College, Mercyhurst College, University of Akron, University of La Verne, Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Something to Declare
Julila Alvarez
University of West Georgia

Speaking of Faith
Krista Tippett
Roberts Wesleyan College

Stealing Buddha's Dinner
Bich Minh Nguyen
Cumberland University, Madonna University

Stones into Schools
Greg Mortenson
Lyndon State, Sacred Heart, Washington State University

Storm of Steel
Ernst Junger
University of Michigan

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini
Creighton University, South Suburban College

Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson
Auburn University, Austin College, Claremont Mckenna, College of Charleston, Duquesne University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Loyola Marymount University, Mercer University, Minnesota State University, Mississippi State University, Missouri State University, Norwich University, Quinnipiac University, Rivier College, South Dakota State University, St. Edward's University, SUNY Buffalo, Texas Christian University, Vanderbilt University

Unforgiving Minute
Craig M. Mullaney
Villanova University

Velva Jean Learns to Drive
Jennifer Niven
Wilkes Community College

The Wal-Mart Effect
Charles Fishman
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

A Whole New Mind
Daniel Pink
Butler University

Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters
Alan S. Miller
Emmanuel College



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