First Year Reading

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  1. Book ImageHelga's Diary: A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp

    Helga Weiss, Francine Prose, Neil Bermel

    A New York Times Bestseller

    "A sacred reminder of what so many millions suffered, and only a few survived." —Adam Kirsch, New RepublicMore

  2. Book ImagePaleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live

    Marlene Zuk

    “With . . . evidence from recent genetic and anthropological research, [Zuk] offers a dose of paleoreality.”—Erin Wayman, Science NewsMore

  3. Book ImageThe Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

    Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

    A New York Times Bestseller

    A revolution is under way.More

  4. Book ImageEnergy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

    Richard A. Muller

    “Policymakers and casual readers alike can benefit . . . eye-opening . . . sheds lots of light with little wasted heat.”—Publishers WeeklyMore

  5. Book ImageThe Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    Stephen Greenblatt

    Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 
    Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-FictionMore

  6. Book ImageThe Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

    Brooke Gladstone, Josh Neufeld

    "Mind-opening, thought-provoking and incredibly timely… An absolutely spectacular read."—Cory Doctorow, BoingBoingMore

  7. Book ImageTownie: A Memoir

    Andre Dubus III

    "Dubus relives, absent self-pity or blame, a life shaped by bouts of violence and flurries of tenderness." —Vanity FairMore

  8. Book ImageThe Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia: A Novel

    Mary Helen Stefaniak

    A hidden history of the South emerges when a worldly teacher leads Threestep, GA, to reinvent itself, setting in motion events that lead to triumph and tragedy for the black teenager who happens to be the smartest person in Piedmont County, Georgia, in 1938–39.More

  9. Book ImageGreat House: A Novel

    Nicole Krauss

    Finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Fiction
    Winner of the 2011 ABA Indies Choice Honor Award in Fiction
    Winner of the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award
    Shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize in Fiction

    A powerful, soaring novel about a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through.More

  10. Book ImageThe Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

    Kwame Anthony Appiah

    "[Appiah's] work reveals the heart and sensitivity of a novelist. . . .Fascinating, erudite and beautifully written."—The New York Times Book ReviewMore

  11. Book ImageThe Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    Nicholas Carr

    Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction: “Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”—Michael Agger, SlateMore

  12. Book ImageWhistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

    Claude M. Steele

    The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.More

  13. Book ImagePacking for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    Mary Roach

    “America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.More

  14. Book ImageAbout a Mountain

    John D'Agata

    "Unquestionably art, a breathtaking piece of writing."—Charles Bock, The New York Times Book ReviewMore

  15. Book ImageWorld on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse

    Lester R. Brown

    In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now.More

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