First Year Reading

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Book ImageDeep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

    Laurence Gonzales

    “Unique among survival books . . . stunning . . . enthralling. Deep Survival makes compelling, and chilling, reading.”—Denver PostMore

  7. 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

  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 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Book ImageFlash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    Michael Lewis

    #1 New York Times Bestseller — With a new AfterwordMore

  14. 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

  15. 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

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