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, the book provides broad and deep discussions of large themes students grapple with: loss and hope, survival, community, family, diversity, and redemption. Students relate to a boy close to their own age who steels himself with great determination to get through difficult circumstances.
One Texas student simply said: “Never has a non-fiction book so strongly engaged my imagination and emotions. Never before has a book inspired me to use what talent I do possess . . . to make a difference in the world”
For a list of other schools that have adopted Enrique’s Journey, and related teaching guides and videos, visit Sonia Nazario’s website.