Monthly Archives: January 2011

Spotlight on: The New Cool

Don’t miss out on Neal Bascomb’s upcoming title, The New Cool, that’s coming out in March and is already being considered by a few science and technology colleges for common reads. The book tells the story of one high school physics teacher who, along with a band of high-I.Q. students, had a vision to make science, technology, engineering, and math cool again – and along the process, inspire a different and fresh view for education and leadership all together.

The New Cool would make a great faculty read and can help teachers learn to get their students excited about technology and science – a seemingly daunting task that Bascomb brings much-needed aid to.

And who says technology can’t be cool? Earlier this month inventor Dean Kamen and of The Black Eyed Peas launched the FIRST Robotics Competition 20th anniversary season with the Kickoff of a new robotics team called “LOGO MOTION.”

Check out the full article on the Kickoff here.

Also, we’re not the only ones getting excited about the release of Neal Bascomb’s book in March. Read what a FIRST mentor and a FIRST regional director have to say about The New Cool.


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Rebecca Skloot Shares Inspiration Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Author Rebecca Skloot sits down to discuss the inspiration, impact, and process that went into The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

This new book trailer serves as a sneak peak into what we have to look forward to at next weekend’s First Year Experience Conference in Atlanta, GA where Rebecca Skloot is a featured speaker.

The paperback edition of the book releases on March 8, 2011.


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Virginia Commonwealth University Selects The Other Wes Moore as FYE Pick for Fall!

Exciting news this morning: Common Reads has learned that Virginia Commonwealth University has selected The Other Wes Moore as its First Year Experience pick for this fall!

Lets not forget that Moore will also be a featured speaker at next weekend’s First Year Experience Conference in Atlanta, GA. If you haven’t registered yet for the FYE luncheon, it’s not too late to snag the last few spots!

The Other Wes Moore is the story of two young men and the journey of a generation. It has also been adopted as common reading at Bay Path College (Springfield, MA), Cabrini College (Radnor, PA), California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA), and selected for community reading programs in Bakersfield, CA and Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR.


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New 2011 Freshman Year Reading Catalog Available

We’re very excited to share with you our new-and-improved 2011 Freshman Year Reading Catalog! Feel free to click on either the cover image or the link above to view the full PDF version (to view on Scribd, click here).

In it you’ll find our recommended common reading titles fresh for this year. Keep an eye out for our “Key Facts” box, something new we’ve added to this year’s catalog. This information section highlights important points about featured text – making it easier for you to learn all you need to know about a particular book or author, including but not limited to: which schools have previously selected the book, the book’s key themes, and the author’s availability for campus visits. Basically, our new “Key Facts” addition will make your life easier.

You’ll also find included in this year’s catalog a special two page “Best Practices” spread which is linked here as well. Be sure to check it out as it’s full of tips and ideas for all common reading programs (click here to view on Scribd).


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A Friendly Introduction

Hello Common Reads community! Just thought I’d drop a line to introduce myself as the new writer for this blog – as it seemed only polite and cordial.

I’m looking forward to providing content for Common Reads from the driver’s seat – so we can fully anticipate more exciting updates and announcements on new book adoptions, program info, giveaways, “book buzz,” and author events.

And remember, as long as you’re following this blog, you are not only more informed on all resources related to common reading programs at high schools and universities, but are also undoubtedly an individual of refined reading taste – wouldn’t you agree?



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