First Year Reading

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  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 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  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 ImageFlash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    Michael Lewis

    #1 New York Times Bestseller — With a new AfterwordMore

  15. 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

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