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Who would you be if you weren’t defined by your body? David Levithan on his New York Times bestselling novel Every Day

9780307931894By David Levithan, author of Every Day (Ember, September 2013).

When I was writing Every Day, I was guided by a set of questions. These questions also happen to be the ones I find that readers ask themselves most after reading the book.

Who would you be if you weren’t defined by your body? If you had no set gender or race or parentage or clique, if you were purely your inner self, who could you become? How would you define yourself?

I will admit to you: I had no idea how Every Day would work as an FYE book. Luckily this past fall I got to go to Northern Arizona University and see firsthand how it went. Continue reading

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Henrietta Lacks Remains a Standout on FYE® Circuit with ONU Adoption

Henrietta Lacks TPOhio Northern University in Ada, Ohio will be using The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for their 2013 Summer Reading Program.  All incoming freshmen are required to read the book prior to arriving on campus, and will participate in small group discussions during Fall Orientation and Convocation.  Students will be given prepared questions to guide their reading. Continue reading

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Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden Now Available in Paperback

Full Body Burden TRFull Body Burden by Kristen Iversen, which was chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association, as well as being named a 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic, is now available in paperback.

A finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, Iversen’s narrative nonfiction about  growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant, has been adopted for Common Reading at Virginia Commonwealth University, St. Bonaventure University, Fort Lewis College, California State University at Sacramento, Madison Community College, and Michigan Tech University.  Iversen was recently honored by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Washington, DC for outstanding contributions to communities living in the shadow of nuclear weapons sites and radioactive waste dumps.

Click here to view Kristen Iversen’s presentation at the 2013 FYE conference.

Click here to visit Kristen Iversen’s webpage.


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Author Wes Moore Featured in TIME Magazine

We’re very excited and proud to share this week’s cover of TIME Magazine featuring Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore. Wes is featured as one of the five heroic veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who have created ambitious projects back home.

In his book, Wes sets out to answer a profound question of how the influence of just a select few individuals can alter the path of an entire life. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world. It has been adopted as common reading text in over a dozen universities and schools across the country.

Be sure to check out “The New Greatest Generation” issue of TIME Magazine on stands this week. Catch up on how young war veterans like Wes are redefining leadership.

Want to check out what happened behind the scenes of the cover shoot? Click here to watch the video!


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University of Florida Unveils Outcasts United as Common Reading Book

Earlier in October, Outcasts United by Warren St. John was unveiled as the Common Reading Program book selection for the 2011-12 year.

Becky Burleigh, head coach of the University of Florida’s women’s soccer team, spoke at the event on why she loves Outcasts United. Watch this video to hear why Burleigh feels this title will not only bring the UF campus community together but will also be a great common reading selection for students of all backgrounds.


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One more for Enrique’s Journey!


Another great adoption for Enrique’s Journey!

CommonReads has just learned that Sonia Nazario’s book has been selected as Millersville University’s fifth freshman read.

In case you missed it, click here to view Ms. Nazario’s upcoming speaking schedule.

Also, check out the book’s website  for educator extras  including Teacher’s Guides, videos, photos, news articles and other supplimentary materials.


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Checking in on Enrique’s Journey at Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College students pose with Enrique's Journey

Earlier this year, CommonReads brought you the news of Fort Lewis College’s adoption of “FYE favorite” Enrique’s Journey. Written by award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, the book tells the story of a young boy who leaves his home in Honduras to search for his mother in the United States.

Now Fort Lewis College Assistant Dean of Writing and First Year Experience, Bridget Irish, is following up on the students’ experience with Enrique’s Journey and the author’s visit to campus:

 One of the main goals of our college’s Common Reading Experience is to light a fire in our students’ brains about an important subject that they will have the ability to impact in their lifetime. As immigration is one of those subjects, we chose to give our almost 900 freshmen a free copy of Enrique’s Journey this fall. Our students at FLC are reading all or part of the book in several classes. We invited the book’s author, Sonia Nazario, to give a public talk and to spend a full day with students, faculty, staff ,and members of the larger Durango community. While I am embarrassed that we asked so much of Sonia, she didn’t flinch. She understood that we are trying to get our students engaged in the topic of immigration, motivated to learn, and willing to act as responsible citizens. She dove in and lit that fire! All around campus, our students are saying: I had NO idea! Students are remarking on her ability to make a dense, complicated subject easier for them to begin to understand. They are impresses by her intelligence and her huge heart and passion for her work.

How has your common read been recieved this Fall? Have photos of your students and events to share? E-mail them to rhacademic@randomhouse.com and they could be featured on an upcoming CommonReads post!

Learn more about the Fort Lewis Common Reading Experience program on their website!


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