Make Your Home Among Strangers is Northern Illinois University’s 2017-19 Common Reading Experience Book!

Make Your Home Among Strangers

Northern Illinois University has selected Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet for their 2017-19 Common Reading Experience program!

First-year students enrolled in UNIV 101 (University Experience), transfer students enrolled in UNIV 201 (Transfer Experience), and many of the First-Year Composition courses are required to read Make Your Home Among Strangers this semester. Faculty in other disciplines, such as English, Communications, and Sociology, have also adopted the book as part of their course-required readings this fall. Make Your Home Among Strangers will also be required reading for incoming first-year students enrolled in UNIV 101 and UNIV 201 during the 2018-19 academic year.

Beyond the classroom, NIU will host a variety of free programs and events around the novel throughout the semester. These events include an open mic night where attendees are encouraged to share their stories addressing the meaning of “home” (October 11); a campus visit from author Jennine Capó Crucet (October 17); a book discussion with NIU’s College of Law built around the novel’s theme of immigration and what that means in the age of the Travel Ban (October 26); and an essay contest open to all first-year students. During Crucet’s campus visit, students will have the opportunity to attend a book discussion with Crucet, attend a community reception where they will be able to meet the author, and watch Crucet give a presentation on her novel.

Northern Illinois University’s Common Reading Experience program selects a book that will be used for two years, in order to facilitate ongoing discussions among first-year and second-year students, as well as throughout the campus community. The primary goals of the program are to:

  • Establish a common, educationally-purposeful experience among first-year students to foster community
  • Provide new students with the opportunity to begin exploring new perspectives and ways of viewing the world
  • Orient new students to critical thinking and the spirit of intellectual inquiry.

Make Your Home Among Strangers was selected by a committee comprised of faculty, staff, community members, and students from a list of approximately twenty titles. The book was ultimately selected because it tackles many themes that are relevant to first-year students at NIU, such as social justice, diversity, immigration, ethics, leaving home, socioeconomic status, and first-generation student experiences. “Although Make Your Home Among Strangers is a work of fiction . . . I think it will be particularly impactful for first-generation students at NIU because they will be able to relate to Lizet’s journey as she deals with the different aspects of transitioning to college in an unfamiliar environment,” said Lauren Napolitano, associate director of the First- and Second-Year Experience. “A lot of the issues Lizet struggles with in her first year at college are the same issues our first-generation students are facing here at NIU.”

Click here to see other schools that have adopted Make Your Home Among Strangers. Visit our Popular Picks page for more common reading options from Macmillan!

Make Your Home Among Strangers • Picador • 416 pages

 

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MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS has been selected for George Mason University’s 2017 #MasonReads program!

Make Your Home Among Strangers

George Mason University has selected Jennine Capó Crucet’s novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, for their 2017 Mason Reads program!

All incoming first-year students will receive copies of the book when they attend orientation in either June or July. Students are required to read Make Your Home Among Strangers before heading to campus at the end of August. The book will not only inspire lively dialogue among students when they first arrive on campus, but it will also be integrated into programs, campus events, and classroom activities throughout the rest of the school year.

Crucet will visit campus and speak at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 12, at 4:30 p.m. This event will be held in partnership with the Fall for the Book festival. More Mason Reads event and programming information is to come.

Every year, the Mason Reads program ushers incoming freshmen into collegiate life by providing them with a shared reading experience. Throughout the year, the selected title is integrated into classroom coursework, campus activities, and special events. George Mason University outlines that the Mason Reads program enables students to:

  • Develop an increased sense of belonging in the community
  • Cultivate a strong connection with faculty and staff
  • Increase development of the Mason graduate
  • Pursue self-discovery and self-awareness
  • Develop stronger connections between curricular and co-curricular activities and involvement.​​

The school hopes that Make Your Home Among Strangers will be a tool through which incoming students can share many common experiences, both in the classroom and around campus.

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Make Your Home Among Strangers • Picador • 416 pages

Meet Macmillan at #NODA2016 in Indianapolis!

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Visit us in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 107!

NODA Exhibit Hall
Sunday, November 6
Visit Macmillan’s booth (#107) to explore our diverse selection of books that are perfectly suited for First-Year Experience and Common Reading programs!

Join us for lunch with Jennine Capó Crucet!

Jennine Capó CrucetMonday, November 7 at 12 p.m., JW Grand Ballroom 5

Lunch and author panel, with a book signing to follow at 1:30 p.m.

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers and a story collection, How to Leave Hialeah, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, John Gardner Book Prize, Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald and the Latinidad List. A PEN/O. Henry Prize winner and Bread Loaf Fellow, she was a Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She was raised in Miami and is currently assistant professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Crucet previously spoke at an author dinner at the 2016 Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience.

Make Your Home Among Strangers has been selected for First-Year Experience programs at CSU-Channel Islands (CA), Hollins University (VA), and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS is UMass Amherst’s 2016 #CommonReading Book!

myhas20umass20cover-finalThe University of Massachusetts Amherst has selected Jennine Capó Crucet’s Make Your Home Among Strangers for their 2016 Common Read program!

All incoming first-year and transfer students will receive a customized UMass Amherst version of Make Your Home Among Strangers when they attend their New Students Orientation (NSO) session during the summer. International students and students who are unable to attend the orientation session will receive a copy of the book at orientation in September.

Students will be expected to take part in class discussions about many of the novel’s central themes, including race, immigration, and socioeconomic class. The goals of UMass Amherst’s Common Read program are to engage students in connecting with their fellow community members, to introduce them to the intellectual culture of their campus community, and to help them reflect on significant topics that they will be discussing during their time at UMass Amherst. The school hopes that in-class discussions on Make Your Home Among Strangers‘s themes will spark a wider conversation on the question of what makes campus another home, as well as on how a diversity of perspectives and experiences enhances innovation.

Beyond the classroom, Jennine Capó Crucet will visit UMass Amherst for a five-day campus residency this fall, from September 25-29, 2016. A week-long series of events related to the novel will coincide with Crucet’s residency, including a keynote speech on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. The complete list of events can be found here.

Make Your Home Among Strangers was chosen through an extensive selection process. There were initially 24 book nominees from the campus community, which the book selection committee then narrowed down to three finalists. The three remaining books were read by more than 240 students, faculty, and staff. Make Your Home Among Strangers was ultimately selected because it depicts a wide range of subjects that will connect with a diverse student body, and it is especially telling of the experiences of first-generation college students and students of color.

Click here to see the other schools that have adopted Make Your Home Among Strangers. Visit our Popular Picks for more common reading options from Macmillan!