First Year Reading

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

    Diane Ackerman

    A dazzling, inspiring tour through the ways that humans are working with nature to try to save the planet.More

  2. 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

  3. Book ImageThe Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing 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

  4. Book ImageThe Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy

    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

  5. Book ImageFlash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    Michael Lewis

    #1 New York Times Bestseller — With a new AfterwordMore

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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

    Danielle Allen

    Winner of the Zócalo Book Prize
    Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award
    Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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
    A Boston Globe 'Best Nonfiction of 2014' (Kate Tuttle’s pick)
    NPR, Staff Pick: 'The Dark Side, Science and Society & Eye Opening Reads Categories'
    Amazon, 'Best Books of 2014: Nonfiction'

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

  15. 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

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