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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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Get a FREE advanced reader’s edition of The Discovery of Jeanne Baret

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret is the story of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. It is also a tale of the men with whom she traveled, from the obsessive naturalist and also her lover, Philibert Commerson; the fashion-plate Prince of Nassau-Siegen, who was often mistaken for a woman himself; and the sour ship’s surgeon, François Vivès, who despised Baret and Commerson, several different versions of the expedition emerge and many different tellings of Baret’s extraordinary achievement.

The book’s combination of science and gender studies issues along with high seas adventure make it a sure-fire conversation starter for your common reading program.

CommonReads is giving away advanced reader’s editions of The Discovery of Jeanne Baret. Comment below to request one! Offer only available to teachers, professors and school administrators in the United States.

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Get a FREE advanced reader’s edition of The Enough Moment!

In their New York Times bestseller, Not On Our Watch, human rights activist John Prendergast and Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle focused the world’s attention on genocide in Sudan by offering readers strategies on how to take action to end the tragedies. Now this duo is back with a continued call to action: The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes, an empowering look at how people’s movements and inspired policies can stop genocide, child soldier recruitment, and rape as a war weapon in Africa.

As Prendergast and Cheadle describe, an “Enough Moment” is defined as that time when outrage triggers action and bystanders become “Upstanders,” or people who take action on behalf of others. But can ordinary citizens turn their Enough Moments into instruments of meaningful change? Prendergast and Cheadle say “yes,” illustrating with such examples:

• A high school student in Chicago started Youth United for Darfur to raise awareness of genocide.
• An eleven-year-old former child soldier in Uganda formed a group of others like him to aid in reconciliation.
• A seventy-eight-year-old retired educator in Seattle founded a coalition of churches and organizations to raise awareness and funds for humanitarian relief.
• A young Darfurian woman founded an association of women journalists that uses radios and phones to warn towns of militia groups in their area.

For readers who hear their Enough Moment calling, and for those who are already involved in the people’s movement, The Enough Moment offers a menu of fourteen action steps for change, including contacting Congress, alerting the media, and using social media to organize, to help become part of the solution.

CommonReads is giving away advanced reader’s editions of The Enough Moment. Comment below to request one!

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Win a FREE copy of Look Me in the Eye !

CommonReads is bringing you another chance to win a wonderful and timely book for your program’s consideration.

Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.”

Selected by Defiance College and SUNY Potsdam for their common reading programs and also used in high school and college courses throughout the country, Look Me in the Eye is the story of one man’s struggle with Aspberger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, before the diagnosis ever existed. It is also a look into the family life he left at age sixteen to go on the road with KISS for (whom he created  legendary fire-breathing guitars) and a reverse angle glimpse at the younger brother he left behind, who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs and pen Running With Scissors.

Comment below for your chance to win one of FIVE copies of Look Me in the Eye. Offer is available only in the United States.

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Win a FREE copy of Peter Buffett’s Life is What You Make It!

CommonReads is giving away a FREE copy of philanthropist Peter Buffett’s new book, Life is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path To Fulfillment.

The son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Peter Buffett maintains that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: Forge your own path in life. It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes.

Today’s society, Buffett posits, has begun to replace a work ethic, relishing what you do, with a wealth ethic, honoring the payoff instead of the process. The answer, he explains,is to focus more on substance and less on reward in order make the most of opportunity and strive toward a greater sense of fulfillment. In clear and concise terms, Buffett reveals a great truth: Life is random, neither fair nor unfair.

Comment for your chance to win Life is What You Make It!

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Win a FREE copy of I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced!


“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”

These lines are taken from the new memoir, I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, which tells the story of Nujood Ali, a young Yemeni girl who was married to a man twice her age and subsequently became the first child bride in the country to be granted a divorce.

Recently honored alongside Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice as one of Glamour magazine’s women of the year, Nujood now tells her full story for the first time. Her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.

Nujood was profiled in the CNN World series Untold Stories. This segment provides a glimpse into her life.

CommonReads is giving away five free copies of I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. For your chance to win one, leave a comment below. (Offer only available in the United States.)

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Win a FREE copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!

We’ve just returned from the annual First-Year Experience conference in Denver, CO and among the many other wonderful titles featured in the Random House, Inc. booth this year was a brand-new hardcover that made a big impression: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. 

Who is Henrietta Lacks? Perhaps you’ve heard of her. Scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.

Already receiving tremendous buzz, this book has garnered many accolades and much attention from the common reading community. Says David J. Kroll, Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences at North Carolina Central University:

What is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks really about? Science, African American culture and religion, intellectual property of human tissues, Southern history, medical ethics, civil rights, the overselling of medical advances? . . . The book’s broad scope would make it ideal for an institution-wide freshman year reading program.

If you’d like to consider this book for your program, you’re in luck. Random House Academic is giving away five free copies! Comment for your chance to win! (Offer available only in the United States.)

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Giveaway! Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains 

strength in what remainsHello!

Just saying a quick “hi” to all our new readers! Common Reads is continuing to grow. Please bookmark our blog and check back often for the latest and best in title recommendations, adoption news, resources, and information relating to Freshman and Common Reading programs at the school/university and community levels.

As a “thank you” for reading, we’re giving away copies of Pulitzer prize-winning author Tracy Kidder’s newest book, Strength in What Remains. The first 5 people to comment get one!

Thanks for reading!

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