First Year Reading

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  1. Book ImageBeneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel

    Maaza Mengiste

    "An important novel, rich in compassion for its anguished characters." —The New York Times Book ReviewMore

  2. Book ImageStitches: A Memoir

    David Small

    The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist that "breaks new ground for graphic novels" (Francois Mouly, art editor, The New Yorker).More

  3. Book ImageConsequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters Into Life-Changing Moments

    Melinda Blau, Karen L. Fingerman

    “A mind-expanding and heart-opening book.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Social IntelligenceMore

  4. Book ImageIn Other Rooms, Other Wonders

    Daniyal Mueenuddin

    Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction and the 2009 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. “The rural rootedness and gentle humour of R.K. Narayan with the literary sophistication and stylishness of Jhumpa Lahiri.”—Financial TimesMore

  5. Book ImageBorn to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

    Dacher Keltner

    “A landmark book in the science of emotions and its implications for ethics and human universals.”—Library Journal, starred reviewMore

  6. Book ImagePhysics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

    Richard A. Muller

    A San Francisco Chronicle BestsellerMore

  7. Book ImageThe Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    Diane Ackerman

    The New York Times bestseller now a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain.

    A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.More

  8. Book ImageThe Last Chicken in America: A Novel in Stories

    Ellen Litman

    "[An] elegantly constructed web of stories about Russian-Jewish immigrants....Warm, true and original."—New York Times Book ReviewMore

  9. Book ImageMaking Globalization Work

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    "A damning denunciation of things as they are, and a platform for how we can do better."—Andrew Leonard, SalonMore

  10. Book ImageThe Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

    Michael Lewis

    "Lewis has such a gift for storytelling... he writes as lucidly for sports fans as for those who read him for other reasons."--Janet Maslin, New York TimesMore

  11. Book ImageThe Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

    David Quammen

    "Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."--Los Angeles Times Book ReviewMore

  12. Book ImageCosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

    Kwame Anthony Appiah

    “A brilliant and humane philosophy for our confused age.”—Samantha Power, author of A Problem from HellMore

  13. Book ImageLove My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army

    Kayla Williams, Michael E. Staub

    “Brave, honest, and necessary.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR SeattleMore

  14. Book ImageThe History of Love: A Novel

    Nicole Krauss

    ONE OF THE MOST LOVED NOVELS OF THE DECADE.

    A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness.More

  15. Book ImageObsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

    Barbara Goldsmith

    The bestselling, "excellent…poignant—and scientifically lucid—portrait" (New York Times Book Review) of the remarkable Marie Curie.More

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