First Year Reading

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  1. 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

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

    Diane Ackerman

    Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the PEN New England Henry David Thoreau Prize.

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

  3. Book ImageThe Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    Diane Ackerman

    The New York Times bestseller now a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain.

    A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Book ImageCosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

    Kwame Anthony Appiah

    “A brilliant and humane philosophy for our confused age.”—Samantha Power, author of A Problem from HellMore

  7. Book ImageThe Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America

    David Baron

    "Reads like a crime novel . . . each chapter ends on a cliff-hanging note."—Seattle TimesMore

  8. Book ImageConsequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters Into Life-Changing Moments

    Melinda Blau, Karen L. Fingerman

    “A mind-expanding and heart-opening book.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Social IntelligenceMore

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Book ImageThe Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

    Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

    A New York Times Bestseller

    A revolution is under way.More

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Book ImageAbout a Mountain

    John D'Agata

    Named One of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books Written by the New York Times Magazine, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a New York Times Editors' Choice.More

  15. Book ImageTownie: A Memoir

    Andre Dubus III

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

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