Monthly Archives: April 2012

Concordia College Selects Acts of Faith a Second Time

Concordia College in Moorhead, MN has picked Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith as a common reading title again for a second year. Whereas the book had been selected as a “summer read” a previous year at Concordia, the college is excited to launch its first ever campus-wide “Big Read” program, beginning with Acts of Faith! This text will be read among all incoming freshmen for the 2012-13 school year.

Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel’s remarkable account of a coming of age and learning to understand what led him toward religious pluralism rather than hatred. His story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people, and to the notion that we find the fulfillment of our identities in the work we do in the world.


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Louisburg College Selects My Orange Duffel Bag for Common Reading!

Louisburg College in North Carolina has selected My Orange Duffel Bag by author Sam Bracken for their 2012-2013 common reading title! We’d also like to note that the upcoming school year is of particular significance for Louisburg College because it will be celebrating its 225th anniversary.  Founded in 1787, it is the world’s oldest 2-year college.

My Orange Duffel Bag tells of Bracken’s battles with homelessness, poverty, abuse, abandonment at age 15, and how he eventually turned his life around to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag.

Now, in this award-winning illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Bracken shares his story as well as everything he’s learned about overcoming the odds and radically changing his life so that students can create positive, lasting change of their own.

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Two More Common Read Adoptions for Enrique’s Journey!

Enrique’s Journey, Pulitzer Prize-winner Sonia Nazario’s true story about the odyssey made by a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States has been chosen by both Loyola University Chicago and Saint Louis University as their Freshman and Common Reads.

At Saint Louis University, Selection committee member Patrice French said:

Enrique’s Journey provides a completely different lens from which human beings live their life. It’s a raw account of how some people fight and risk their lives just to find a better lives for themselves. As well, I believe that there are elements in this book that demonstrate aspects of true service, which is in direct alignment with SLU’s mission.”

More than 50 colleges and seven cities have chosen Enrique’s Journey for their common or one city reads. Many colleges select the book because it goes beyond a platform to talk about immigration. While encouraging global awareness Continue reading

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University of Delaware Selects Behind the Beautiful Forevers for Common Reader

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo has officially been chosen as the University of Delaware’s 2012 FYE title! The university’s shared common reader program presents students with a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation with their peers  and to share in the intellectual life of the entire UD community. The campus will also host feature speakers, films, and other cultural events organized around the theme of the book throughout the students’ first semester.

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity, is a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities. In this fast-paced book based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.


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UTC Unviels Outcasts United as FYE 2012 Selection!

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has officially announced Outcasts United by Warren St. John as their title selection for the university’s 2012 Freshmen Year Reading Experience. After receiving more than 50 entries in favor of choosing Outcasts United, this book will now be read throughout the entire UTC campus and among all incoming Freshmen students.

“I love this book!   I’m really enthusiastic about it and I hope you will be, too,” said Dr. Sara Jorgensen, Assistant Professor, African and World History, serves as chair of the FYRE committee.  “This is not a feel-good book, but it is an inspiring book. It will make people think about a lot of important issues.”

To read the university’s full announcement of this selection, click here. Also be sure to check out UTC’s unveiling video posted here!

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