First Year Reading

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  1. 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

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

    Richard A. Muller

    A San Francisco Chronicle BestsellerMore

  3. Book ImageEnergy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

    Richard A. Muller

    “Policymakers and casual readers alike can benefit . . . eye-opening . . . sheds lots of light with little wasted heat.”—Publishers WeeklyMore

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Book ImageStiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    Mary Roach

    "One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."—Entertainment WeeklyMore

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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

    Mary Helen Stefaniak

    A hidden history of the South emerges when a worldly teacher leads Threestep, GA, to reinvent itself, setting in motion events that lead to triumph and tragedy for the black teenager who happens to be the smartest person in Piedmont County, Georgia, in 1938–39.More

  12. 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

  13. 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

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

    Helga Weiss, Francine Prose, Neil Bermel

    A New York Times Bestseller

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

  15. 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

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