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The Other Wes Moore Makes an Impact on Penn State Berks Students

Penn State Berks recently selected The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore for its 2012-2013 Common Reading program. All incoming baccalaureate students were required to read the book prior to the start of the fall semester. We were thrilled to learn that the book and the author’s visit had a real impact; the university shared this positive feedback from one of its first-year students:

“All throughout high school as horrible as it sounds I never read our books assigned for class. I was never interested in reading something that just didn’t interest me, like Shakespeare. But, when I discovered I had to read a book for first year seminar, I assumed it would just be like all the high school books I was assigned to read. I went and bought the book, read the back cover and thought it sounded interesting and started reading. I was glued to the book and couldn’t put it down, which was a first for me.”

Click here to learn more about the Penn State Berks Common Reading Program. They also have a fun, informative, and interactive Facebook page now featuring The Other Wes Moore.

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Top Adoption – Funny in Farsi

funny in farsi

Winner, 2008 Spirit of America Award (National Council for the Social Studies)
Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor
Finalist, PEN/USA Award in Creative Non-Fiction
Finalist: Audie Award for best recording of a memoir, 2005

In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father’ s glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since.

Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumas’s wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot.

Firoozeh is a dyanamic speaker whose coming-of-age story focuses on issues of identity, family, and discovery — themes universal to any student body.

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