First Year Reading

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  1. Book ImageThe Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Power

    Lester R. Brown, Emily Adams, Janet Larsen, Et Al.

    The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way.More

  2. Book ImageGateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

    Eric Foner

    The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom.More

  3. Book Image33 Artists in 3 Acts

    Sarah Thornton

    This compelling narrative goes behind the scenes with the world’s most important living artists to humanize and demystify contemporary art.More

  4. Book ImageEbola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

    David Quammen

    “A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story.” —Walter IsaacsonMore

  5. Book ImageThe Glass Cage: Automation and Us

    Nicholas Carr

    At once a celebration of technology and a warning about its misuse, The Glass Cage will change the way you think about the tools you use every day.More

  6. Book ImageThe Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

    Diane Ackerman

    As Diane Ackerman writes in her brilliant new book, The Human Age, "our relationship with nature has changed…radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable."More

  7. Book ImagePink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India

    Amana Fontanella-Khan

    A triumphant portrait of a fiery sisterhood changing the lives of India's women.More

  8. Book ImageThe March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

    William P. Jones

    “Vivid and moving. . . . [Tells] a story all but lost in most civil rights histories.”—Bill Marvel, Dallas Morning NewsMore

  9. Book ImageOur Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

    Danielle Allen

    “Danielle Allen lays bare the Declaration’s history and significance, returning it to its true and rightful owners—you and me.”—Junot DíazMore

  10. Book ImageWest of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

    Claudio Saunt

    This panoramic account of 1776 chronicles the other revolutions unfolding that year across North America, far beyond the British colonies.More

  11. Book ImageFairyland: A Memoir of My Father

    Alysia Abbott

    A beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco with an openly gay father.More

  12. Book ImageThe True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

    Anand Giridharadas

    A 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

    Imagine that a terrorist tried to kill you. If you could face him again, on your terms, what would you do?More

  13. Book ImageLetters to a Young Scientist

    Edward O. Wilson

    Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.More

  14. Book ImageFlash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    Michael Lewis

    Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.More

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

    Helga Weiss, Francine Prose, Neil Bermel

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

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