Monthly Archives: November 2010

One more for Enrique’s Journey!


Another great adoption for Enrique’s Journey!

CommonReads has just learned that Sonia Nazario’s book has been selected as Millersville University’s fifth freshman read.

In case you missed it, click here to view Ms. Nazario’s upcoming speaking schedule.

Also, check out the book’s website  for educator extras  including Teacher’s Guides, videos, photos, news articles and other supplimentary materials.


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Mark your calendars for the Seventh Annual Random House First-Year Experience Author Luncheon!


Random House announces its Seventh Annual Author Luncheon at the 2011 First-Year Experience Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Authors in attendance include:

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: The Story of One Name and Two Fates
Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
Jon Prendergast, author of The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes
Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

WHEN: Monday, February 7th, 11:30AM-1:30PM
WHERE: Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA, Room A602 on the Atrium Level
WHY: To hear four authors speak about their books

Past luncheon authors have included Tracy Kidder, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Sonia Nazario, Warren St. John and Bill Strickland.

Join us for FREE books and FREE lunch!

View the invitation here and RSVP soon! Space is limited!

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Sonia Nazario speaks about Enrique’s Journey

Many programs have communicated to us how important a campus author visit is to a successful common reading program. Sonia Nazario, author of top first-year and community read selection, Enrique’s Journey, travels the country to promote her book and speak to students about the important and timely topic of immigration.

Here is a list of her upcoming events:

  • Puente Project, UC Davis, Davis, CA (Nov. 13, 2010)
  • Capital University, Columbus, OH (Jan. 17, 2011; 9am)
  • Washington State University, Vancouver, WA (Jan. 26,  2011; 7pm Keynote)
  • Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, TX (March 3, 2011;  7.30pm)
  • De Anza College, Cupertino, CA (March 7, 2011)
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College (March 8, 2011; Common Book)
  • Moorpark College, Moorpark, CA (March 9, 2011; 7pm)
  • Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA (March 10, 2011)
  • Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA (April 7, 2011; 1pm, Common Read)
  • San Joaquin County Office of Education, Stockton, CA (Sept. 15, 2011)
  • American Bar Assn. Fall Meeting & National Solo and Small Firm Conference, Denver, CO (Oct. 21, 2011; Luncheon Keynote, Westin Hotel)
  • Cumberland County College, Vineland, NJ (Nov. 2, 2011; 7pm, Common Read)

Your school or library could be next! For more information on requesting Ms. Nazario as a featured speaking for your program, e-mail

Learn more about Sonia Nazario and Enrique’s Journey by visiting the website here.


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A “20-something dilemma”? What do you think?

Some may call it a sign of tough economic times, but Inside Higher Education is calling it a “dilemma”. . . of the “20-something” kind. The article’s author, Tim Henderson, presents his answer to the question attempted by so many professors, professionals and parents before him: “Why are 20-somethings taking so long to grow up?” He points to the fact that young people are moving back in with their parents, taking unpaid internships, or bouncing from job to job seemingly without direction in larger numbers than ever before. His conclusions provide much fodder for discussion.

Read the full article, “The 20-Something Dilemma” here and then let us know what you think: What do you think of this “dilemma”? How does the book you select for your common reading program reflect how well you know them and their needs for their college years (and after?)

Special Offer: Comment on this post and we’ll send the first give respondents  free copies of College Rules! and What Color is Your Parachute 2011. Offer only open to professors, teachers, and school administrators in the United States.

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Spotlight on: The Other Wes Moore

Two boys with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. The Other Wes Moore is the story of two young men and the journey of a generation.

Adopted as common reading at Bay Path College (Springfield, MA), Cabrini College (Radnor, PA) and California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA) and selected for community reading programs in Bakersfield, CA and Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR, The Other Wes Moore explores issues of identity, race and education through unique juxtaposition.

“This intriguing narrative is enlightening, encouraging, and empowering. Read these words, absorb their meanings, and create your own plan to act and leave a legacy.”
—Tavis Smiley, from the Afterword

Paperback Available January 2011

Wes Moore will be a featured speaker at the Seventh Annual Random House, Inc. Author Luncheon during the 2011 First-Year Experience Conference. The conference is being held February 4-8, 2011 in Atlanta, GA. More information regarding the Author Luncheon and how to reserve your ticket is forthcoming!

 Read the book and then hear him speak! CommonReads is giving away TWO copies of The Other Wes Moore. Comment below and tell us why this book may be a good fit for your program and you will be entered to win. Offer only available to university professors and administrators, high school teachers, and librarians in the United States.


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