First Year Reading

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  1. Book ImageThe Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life

    Elijah Anderson

    An acclaimed sociologist illuminates the public life of an American city, offering a major reinterpretation of the racial dynamics in America.More

  2. Book ImageTownie: A Memoir

    Andre Dubus III

    Won Book of the Year Adult Non-Fiction—2012 Indie Choice Awards
    Amazon Best Book of the Month February 2011

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

  3. Book ImageThe Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

    V. S. Ramachandran

    "A profound intriguing and compelling guide to the intricacies of the human brain." —Oliver SacksMore

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

    Mary Helen Stefaniak

    “A delightful story. . . . Once you enter its pages and the worlds therein, it’s hard to leave.”—Carol Bicak, Omaha World HeraldMore

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Book ImageForget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale

    Belle Yang

    “A healing portrait drawn in epic ink strokes.”—ElleMore

  8. 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

  9. Book ImageAnthill: A Novel

    Edward O. Wilson

    The two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist delivers “an astonishing literary achievement” (Anthony Gottlieb, The Economist).More

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Book ImageAbout a Mountain

    John D'Agata

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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Book ImageThe Religious Test: Why We Must Question the Beliefs of Our Leaders

    Damon Linker

    A manifesto seeking to exhort both believers and atheists to behave better in the public sphere.More

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