Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts has selected This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women as the common book for incoming freshmen this fall!
New students will read the book over the summer in preparation for their class, EC101: Endicott Transitions, a first year experience course that “addresses the challenges of incoming students and provides strategies for success in an academic community.”
Writing assignments and class discussions in first few weeks of that course will revolve around the book. Previous coursework has included course blogs where students could post and revise written work and engage with their professors, who posted responses directly to the students’ blogs.
This I Believe, the first volume of essays edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, was the common text for Endicott freshmen in 2008. That book was a success in EC101, and this year, the common book selection committee voted unanimously to choose This I Believe II.
This I Believe and This I Believe II are two of our Popular Picks for first-year reading! To see what other schools have adopted these titles for common reading programs, click here.
This I Believe II • Holt Paperbacks • 288 pages
Case Western Reserve University’s class of 2014 will read Elizabeth Royce’s Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It before the students’ first year begins this fall. The assignment is part of Case Western’s 8-year-old Common Reading Program, which unites new students with the shared reading of one book.
Ultimately, Bottlemania makes a case for protecting public water supplies, for improving our water infrastructure and better allocating the precious drinkable water that remains.”
—Bottlemania Selected for 2010 Common Reading Program, Jackie Fitch, CWRU
Bottlemania and its themes will serve as the basis for campus events and interdisciplinary discussions about the commercialization of water in America and the environmental, social, and economic effects of the bottled water trend. One of those events is an author visit; Elizabeth Royce will give the keynote address at the university’s fall convocation in August.
Case Western will hold an essay contest based on the common reading. All new students will be eligible to enter a response to a selection of topical writing prompts.
For more on the issues addressed in her book, visit Elizabeth Royte’s blog: Notes on waste, water, whatever
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier was one of the Common Reading Selection Committee’s finalists for 2010. The committee, comprised of 18 members of the university faculty and staff as well as 10 students, recommends that book to the campus.
Bottlemania • Bloomsbury • 272 pages
Goucher College has adopted Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam for their 2010 Summer Reading program.
All new students will receive a copy of the book along with a set of reflection questions about its content and themes. Those questions will guide small group discussions lead by faculty members during orientation. In addition, students will hear author Andrew X. Pham speak and have the opportunity to ask him questions when he visits campus in the fall.
The common reading and book discussions are meant to spark discussion among new Goucher students and its staff and professors. The summer reading program has been active for several years. The college adopted John Pomfret’s Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China (in 2008 and The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime by William Langewiesche in 2005.
Pick up a copy of a 2010 catalog and examination copies of our top titles for first-year reading at Macmillan’s booth at the 29th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience. We’ll have new releases and tried-and-true common reading titles, including fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels in booth #227/229.
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Join Macmillan and No Impact Man, Colin Beavan, for Lunch
On Monday, February 15, from 11:30 to 1:30, Macmillan joins HarperCollins, Knopf Doubleday, and Penguin to host an author luncheon in Plaza Ballroom, Salons D&E.
This year, we’re pleased to have Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man, speaking and signing copies of his book at the event.
Joining Colin are Kevin Michael Connolly, author of Double Take (HarperCollins), Thomas Cahill, author of A Saint on Death Row (Knopf Doubleday), and Mahbod Seraji, author of Rooftops of Tehran (Penguin).
R.S.V.P. for the luncheon at any participating publisher’s booth.
Space will be limited!
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There are plenty of conference sessions about first-year reading on the schedule. Read more about them after the jump!
David Finkel’s The Good Soldiers is the Common Book at Century College for the 2010-2011 academic year! Incoming first-year students and transfer students will all read the book, and many professors are likely to adopt it in their courses as well. The college will invite David Finkel to speak on campus in Spring 2011, when they are winding down their year with a book.
The Chair of the Common Book Committee started reading The Good Soldiers the day she received her exam copy; she couldn’t put it down. The book was as well received by the rest of the committee. She writes, “We were all mesmerized by David Finkel’s honest writing and accounts of these brave young men. This will be a challenging book in many ways, but also a very powerful learning experience.”
Century College is a community and technical college outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. A considerable number of their students are veterans. The Common Book Committee is sure that The Good Soldiers will be a meaningful book for those students and for the college community as a whole.
Click here to watch BookTV‘s video of David Finkel speaking about his time with Army Battalion 2-16. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter spent 15 months with the soldiers, who were deployed to Baghdad 2007-2008.
Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe was the 2008-2009 Common Book at Century College.