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A Long Way Gone
Ishmael Beah

MORE THAN 60 ADOPTIONS

  • Adams State College (CO)
  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Boston University
  • Central College (IA)
  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • College of the Holy Cross (MA)
  • College of Wooster (OH)
  • Columbus State University (GA)
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Cushing Academy (MA)
  • Durham Technical Community College (NC)
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Florida Community College, Jacksonville
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • Greensboro College (NC)
  • Gwynedd-Mercy College (PA)
  • Henderson State University (AR)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Johnson State College (VT)
  • Juniata College (PA)
  • Kennesaw State University (GA)
  • Lakeland College (WI)
  • Millersville University (PA)
  • Morningside College (IA)
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Newbury College (MA)
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Otterbein College (OH)
    Pennsylvania State University, Abington
  • Ramapo College (NJ)
  • Rhode Island College
  • Richard Stockton College (NJ)
  • Roger Williams University (RI)
  • Stockton College (NJ)
  • Stonehill College (MA)
  • SUNY, Brockport
  • SUNY, Buffalo
  • SUNY, Old Westbury
  • SUNY, Potsdam
  • Syracuse University (NY)
  • Texas A&M International University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maine
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington/University College
  • University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Utah, Logan
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Utah State University
  • Valparaiso University (IN) *
  • Washburn University (KS)
  • Webster University (MO)
  • Wright State University
* A Long Way Gone adopted more than once

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No Impact Man
Colin Beavan

MORE THAN 30 ADOPTIONS

  • Atlantic Cape Community College (NJ)
  • Baker University (KS)
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Corning Community College (NY)
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Florida State College, Jacksonville
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Johnson & Wales University (RI)
  • Loyola University, Chicago
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology *
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northern Virginia Community College, Extended Learning Institute
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Purdue University, North Central (IN)
  • Rollins College (FL)
  • Texas State University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Toledo (OH)
  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
  • Young Harris College (GA)
* No Impact Man adopted more than once

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Nickel and Dimed
Barbara Ehrenreich

MORE THAN 100 ADOPTIONS

  • Adelphi University (NY)
  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Ashland University (OH)
  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Baruch College (NY)
  • Boston University
  • Bridgewater State College (MA)
  • Bryant University (RI)
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Central Methodist College (MO)
  • Chardon High School (OH)
  • Colgate University (NY)
  • College of New Jersey
  • Colorado College
  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Elon University (NC)
  • Fairfield University (CT)
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Francis Marion University (SC)
  • Hamline University (MN)
  • Illinois College
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Indiana University, South Bend
  • Ivy Tech Community College (IN)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • LeMoyne College (NY)
  • Lincoln University (MO)
  • Lone Star College-CyFair (TX)
  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)
  • Loyola University (LA)
  • Madonna University (MI) *
  • Mansfield University (PA)
  • Miami University at Ohio
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Montgomery College (MD)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • Mount Union College (OH)
  • Mountain View College (TX)
  • Mt. Saint Mary College (NY)
  • Murray State University (KY)
  • Nazareth College (NY)
  • New Mexico State University
  • Niagara University (NY)
  • North Idaho College
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Oakland University (MI)
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton
  • Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington
  • Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill
  • Rockhurst University (MO)
  • Rollins College (FL)
  • Rutgers University (NJ)
  • Saint Francis University (PA)
  • San Diego State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Seton Hall University (NJ)
  • Seton Hill University (PA)
  • Siena College (NY)
  • Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Southern Methodist University (TX)
  • Southern Oregon University
  • Springfield College (MA)
  • State Fair Community College (MO)
  • SUNY, Brockport
  • SUNY, Buffalo
  • SUNY, Geneseo
  • SUNY, LaGuardia Community College
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • The Taft School (CT)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Saint Joseph (CT)
  • University of South Carolina, Upstate
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Tampa
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin, Marathon County
  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point 
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washburn University (KS)
  • Western New England College (MA)
  • Whittier College (CA)
  • Williams College (MA)
  • Windward Community College (HI)
  • Wright State University (OH)
  • York College of Pennsylvania
* Nickel and Dimed adopted more than once

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Spare PartsSpare Parts
Joshua Davis

  • Alamo Heights High School (TX)
  • Chemeketa Community College (OR)
  • Concordia University (TX)
  • Hesston College (KS)
  • Hood College (MD)
  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Lafayette Public Library and School District (LA)
  • Lewis University (IL)
  • Miami University at Ohio (OH)
  • Monroe Community College (NY)
  • Nash Community College (NC)
  • North Lake College (TX)
  • Norwalk Community College (CT)
  • Oakland University, The Honors College (MI)
  • Pasadena City College (CA)
  • Rutgers University Honors College (NJ)
  • Salem State University (MA)
  • The Browning School (NY)
  • University of Michigan College of Engineering (MI)
  • University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science (VA)

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This I Believe
Edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

MORE THAN 80 ADOPTIONS

  • Aquinas College (MI) *
  • Avila University (MO) *
  • Baker University (KS)
  • Barry University (FL) *
  • Bates College (ME)
  • Bellarmine University (KY)
  • Bluefield College (VA)
  • Bowling Green State University (OH) *
  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • Cathedral High School (MA)
  • Cedar Crest College (PA)
  • Central Washington University
  • Coker College (SC)
  • College of DuPage (IL)
  • Columbus State University (GA)
  • Concord University (WV)
  • Craven Community College (NC)
  • Dakota Wesleyan University (SD)
  • Dominican College (NY)
  • Eastern Illinois University *
  • Elmhurst College (IL) *
  • Endicott College (MA) *
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida State University
  • Gettysburg College Ascent Program (PA)
  • Harrison High School (NY)
  • Jacksonville State University (AL) 
  • Jacksonville University (FL)
  • Kaskaskia College (IL)
  • Kent State University (OH) *
  • LIM College (NY)*
  • Lindsey Wilson College (KY) *
  • Louisburg College (NC)
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Loyola University, Chicago
  • Medaille College (NY)
  • Middle Tennessee State University *
    Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Morehead State University (KY)
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northern Kentucky University
    Pennsylvania State University, Berks
  • Roberts Wesleyan College (NY)
  • Roosevelt University (IL) *
  • Seton Hall University (NJ)
  • Seton Hill University (PA)
  • Shepherd University (WV)
  • Shorter University (GA)
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Springfield College (MA)
  • Stonehill College (MA) *
  • SUNY, Binghamton
    SUNY, Brockport
  • Tufts University (MA) 
  • University of Central Arkansas, Honors College
  • University of Dayton *
  • University of Louisiana, Monroe
  • University of Louisville *
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • University of Vermont
  • Washburn University (KS)
  • William Paterson University (NJ)
  • William Woods University (MO)
* This I Believe or This I Believe II adopted more than once

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This I Believe II
Edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

MORE THAN 20 ADOPTIONS

  • Aquinas College (MI) *
  • Barry University (FL) *
  • Eastern Illinois University *
  • Endicott College (MA) *
  • Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo (IN)
  • Lindsey Wilson College (KY) *
  • Longwood University (VA)
  • Lynchburg College (VA)
  • Marietta College (OH)
  • Miami University at Ohio
  • Middle Tennessee State University *
  • Middlesex Community College (MA)
  • North Central College (IL)
  • Northern Illinois University *
  • Penn State University, Brandywine
  • Rivier University (NH)
  • Rowan University (NJ)
  • Stockton College (NJ)
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • University of Dayton *
  • University of Wisconsin, Parkside
  • Virginia Tech *
* This I Believe or This I Believe II adopted more than once

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Beautiful Souls
Eyal Press

  • Brown University (RI)
  • College of the Holy Cross (MA)
  • Middlesex School (MA)
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pennsylvania State University, Berks
  • Queens University (NC)
  • St. Joseph’s College (NY)

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The Good Soldiers
David Finkel

  • American University (DC)
  • Framingham State University (MA)
  • Century College (MN)
  • The College of Charleston (SC)
    Kalamazoo College (MI)

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Picking Cotton
Jennifer Thompson-Cannino & Ronald Cotton

with Erin Torneo

  • Concordia University (MN)
  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • Florida State College, Jacksonville
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia Perimeter College
  • Iowa Lakes Community College
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Queensborough Community College (NY)
  • Roberts Wesleyan College (NY)
  • Somerset Community College (KY)
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Mount Olive (NC)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke
  • Wheelock College (MA)

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Night
Elie Wiesel

Translation by Marion Wiesel

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Bridgewater State College (MA)
  • Cabrini College (PA)
  • Eckerd College (FL)
  • El Centro College (TX)
  • Elmira College (NY)
  • Frank Phillips College (TX)
  • Loras College (IA)
  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)
  • McKendree University (IL)
  • Meredith College (NC)
  • Miami University at Ohio
  • Ohio State University
  • Pulaski Technical College (AR)
  • Saint Peter’s College (NJ)
  • Temple University (PA)
  • Texas State University, San Marcos
  • West Texas A&M University

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It Happened On the Way to War
Rye Barcott

  • Boca Raton High School (FL)
  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • LaGrange College (GA)
  • North Carolina State University
  • SUNY, Potsdam

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Justice
Michael J. Sandel

  • Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Kennesaw State University (GA) *
  • Sacred Heart University (CT)
  • St. John’s University (NY)
  • University of Cincinnati (OH)
Justice adopted more than once

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 The Submission
Amy Waldman

  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Ohio State University

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Anne Fadiman

MORE THAN 30 ADOPTIONS

  • Belmont University (TN)
  • Brandeis University (MA)
  • California State University, Chico
  • Coe College (IA)
  • College of the Pacific (CA)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Drew University Medical School (NJ)
  • Elmira College (NY)
  • Hamline University (MN)
  • Howard Community College (MD)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Lee Honors College, Western Michigan University
  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)
  • Meredith College (NC)
  • Moravian College (PA)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • Ohio State University
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Russell Sage College (NY)
  • San Diego State University
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Southern Methodist University (TX)
  • Stanford University
  • Stony Brook University (NY)
  • Trinity College (CT)
  • Trinity University (TX)
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical School
  • University of Vermont
  • Wartburg College (IA)
  • Wheaton College (IL)
  • Whitman College (WA)

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Field Notes from a Catastrophe
Elizabeth Kolbert

  • Arcadia University (PA)
  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Benedictine University (IL)
  • Century College (MN)
  • Concordia College (MN)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Linfield College (OR)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine
  • Rice University (TX)
  • Saint Michael’s College (VT)
  • Samford University (AL)
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • SUNY, Albany
  • SUNY, Oswego
  • Trinity College (CT)
  • Tulane University (LA)
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • University of Montana
  • University of Washington
  • Vassar College (NY)
  • Washington University (MO)

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Soul of a Citizen
Paul Loeb

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • Barry University (FL)
  • Bates College (ME)
  • Butte Community College (CA)
  • Concordia University (IL)
  • Drexel University (PA)
  • Eckerd College (FL)
  • Elizabethtown College (PA)
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Greensboro College (NC)
  • Hiram College (OH)
  • Kansas Wesleyan University
  • Kennesaw State University (GA)
  • Kings College (PA)
  • Mercer University (GA)
  • Millikin University (IL)
  • Rollins College (FL)
  • Roosevelt University (IL)
  • Southern Vermont College
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Martin’s College (WA)
  • St. Thomas University (MN)
  • SUNY, New Paltz
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tusculum College (TN)
  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke
  • University of Tampa
  • University of the Pacific (CA)
  • West Georgia State University
  • Western New England College (MA)

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The World is Flat
Thomas L. Friedman

  • Highline Community College (WA)
  • Lawrence Technical University (MI)
  • Morningside College (IA)
  • University of Evansville (IL)
  • University of Louisiana, Monroe
  • University of Maryland
  • Windward Community College (HI)

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Thomas L. Friedman

  • George Washington University
  • Northwestern University
  • School of Business Administration, University of Evansville (IN)
  • Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University (TN)

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Deep Economy
Bill McKibben

  • Bates College (ME)
  • Benedictine University
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Piedmont College (GA)
  • Rivier College (NH)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Texas, Arlington
  • University of Wisconsin, Marathon County

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Choosing Civility
P. M. Forni

  • Clayton State University (GA) *
  • Frank Phillips College (TX)
  • Grand Rapids Community College (MI)
  • Howard Community College (MD)
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College (MI)
  • Lynn University (FL)
  • Mount Union College (OH)
  • Muskingum College (OH)
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Occidental College (CA)
  • Pennsylvania State University, Berks
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • Southern Utah State University *
  • Spelman College (GA)
  • St. Cloud State University (MN)
  • SUNY, Potsdam
  • University of West Georgia
Choosing Civility adopted more than once

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Citizen
Claudia Rankine

  • Art Institute of Chicago (IL)
  • Bard College (NY)
  • College of the Canyons (CA)
  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
  • Howard University (MD)
  • Keene State College (NH)
  • Millsaps College (MS)
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Ramapo College (NJ)
  • University of Arizona, Tucson Honors College
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln (NE)
  • Washington College (MD)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
List updated on July 25, 2016
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