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.

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

Meet Macmillan at #FYE17 in Atlanta!

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Visit us in the Exhibit Hall in Booth 55-56!

FYE Exhibit Hall
Saturday, February 11 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 
Sunday, February 12 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 2-5 p.m.
Monday, February 13 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Visit Macmillan’s booth (#55-56) to explore our diverse selection of books that are perfectly suited for First-Year Experience and Common Reading programs!

Saturday, February 11

Join us for dinner with Diane Guerrero!

Diane Guerrero 7:45 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Rooms A601/602

Dinner and author panel, with a book signing to follow

Diane Guerrero is the author of In the Country We Love, and an actress on the hit shows Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. She lives in New York City. 

Monday, February 13

Join us for Macmillan’s Inaugural First-Year Experience Author Lunch!


11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atrium Level
Rooms A601/602

Lunch and author panel, with a book signing to follow
Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson, Ph.D. is the author of White Rage, and a professor of African American studies at Emory University. She is the author of many books and articles, including Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960 and Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights: 1944-1955. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Ben Rawlence

Ben Rawlence is the author of City of Thorns, and a former researcher for Human Rights Watch in the horn of Africa. He is the author of Radio Congo and has written for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and Prospect. He lives in the Black Mountains in Wales with his wife and daughter.

Richard E Nisbett

Richard E. Nisbett is the author of Mindware. He is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan and one of the world’s most respected psychologists. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychology Association, the William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievements, and the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology, among others. His books The Geography of Thought and Intelligence and How to Get It have been translated into more than ten languages.

Rabia Chaudry

Rabia Chaudry is the author of Adnan’s StoryShe is an attorney, a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a national security fellow at the New America Foundation. She is the co-host of Undisclosed, one of the top-ranked podcasts in the iTunes store. She is a frequent public speaker, and her writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Time, The Huffington Post, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Join us for dinner with Damon Tweedy!

Damon Tweedy 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Across from the Marriott Marquis)
International Ballroom North

Dinner and author panel, with a book signing to follow

Damon Tweedy is the author of Black Man in a White Coat, and a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. He has published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Annals of Internal Medicine. His columns and op-eds about race and medicine have appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He lives outside Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

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Join us for dinner with Damon Tweedy at #FYE17!

Monday, February 13 • 7 p.m.   
Hyatt Regency Atlanta | Embassy Ballroom ABC
Dinner and author panel, with a book signing to follow

This event is free! (RSVP is required—click here!)

Featuring

black man in a white coatDamon Tweedy
author of
Black Man in a White Coat
A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine
Picador USA | About the Book

carry onLisa Fenn
author of
Carry On
A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family
HarperCollins

salt housesHala Alyan
author of
Salt Houses
A Novel
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

on fireJohn O’Leary
author of
On Fire
The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
Simon & Schuster

Join us for the Macmillan Author Lunch at #FYE17 in Atlanta!

Monday, February 13 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.    
Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atrium Level, Rooms A601/602
Lunch and author panel, with a book signing to follow

This event is free! (RSVP is required—click here!)

Featuring

white rageCarol Anderson
author of
White Rage
The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
Bloomsbury USA | About the Book

city of thornsBen Rawlence
author of
City of Thorns
Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Picador USA | About the Book

mindwareRichard E. Nisbett
author of
Mindware
Tools for Smart Thinking
Farrar, Straus & Giroux | About the Book

adnans storyRabia Chaudry
author of
Adnan’s Story
The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
St. Martin’s Press | About the Book

Join us for dinner with Diane Guerrero at #FYE17!

Saturday, February 11 • 7:45-9:30 p.m.   
Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Rooms A601/602
Dinner and author panel, with a book signing to follow

This event is free

Featuring

in the country we loveDiane Guerrero
author of
In the Country We Love
My Family Divided
Henry Holt, & Co.  | About the Book

carry onColson Whitehead
author of
The Underground Railroad
A Novel
Knopf Doubleday

salt housesJ.D. Vance
author of
Hillbilly Elegy
A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
HarperCollins

on fireGarrard Conley
author of
Boy Erased
A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family
Penguin

CITIZEN is Hobart and William Smith Colleges’s 2016 #CommonRead Book!

Hobart and William Smith Colleges selected Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric for their 2016 Common Read program.

Over the summer, all incoming students were required to read Citizen before arriving on campus for orientation at the end of August. The book has since inspired campus dialogue around issues of race and racism in first-year classrooms and at a variety of community events. These events have ranged from art exhibitions to a faculty panel comprised of professors from various disciplines leading a discussion on Rankine‘s work in the context of American citizenship.

Claudia Rankine will give a reading of Citizen at the Smith Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Her reading will also include a discussion of her work, and will be preceded by a student art exhibition, “From Slave to Citizen,” which focuses on themes of resilience, oppression, and resistance. The exhibit will be on display in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House on Nov. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges’s Common Read program is designed to provide incoming students with a shared intellectual experience, and to ignite in-depth discussions that touch on a multitude of issues and perspectives. “A common read is a shared text that we expect all of our first-year students to engage in,” Solomé Rose, Interim Chief Diversity Officer, explained. “We felt that it was important to have a common point of reference, a common text for discussion, amongst the incoming class,” added Stephen Cope, Assistant Professor of English.

Citizen was ultimately selected as the Common Read because it delves into existing social issues and enables challenging discussions to be started. “[Citizen] is about issues of marginalization, and race, and racism,” explained Rose. “For our students of color, they’ve already been experiencing this before they get to HWS. I think that what this text does is signal to them that these issues matter . . . Let’s start with probably one of the most difficult conversations to have in this country; let’s talk about race, and let’s be empowered to be vulnerable in those moments.”

Citizens appeal to Hobart and William Smith Colleges also stemmed from the book’s universality and ability to change pre-conceived notions of race relations in the United States. Matt Cragg ’17, a senior at Hobart College, described how reading Citizen in a Sociology course last year altered his views on racism in America: “After reading [Citizen] I can tell you, personally, I have a totally different perspective on the word “racism” and how I view it now . . . It has opened my eyes to . . . different perspectives. I wish I had the chance to read [it] as a freshmen coming in. I hope that everyone who reads it gets something out of it.”

Click here to see the other schools that have adopted Citizen. Visit our Popular Picks for more common reading options from Macmillan!

Citizen: An American Lyric • Graywolf Press • 160 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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CITY OF THORNS is one of East Lansing and Michigan State University’s 2016 #CommonReading Selections! (#FYE16)

City of ThornsThe City of East Lansing and Michigan State University have selected Ben Rawlence’s City of Thorns as one of the books for their 2016 One Book, One Community program!

All incoming first-year students are required to read City of Thornsas well as the program’s other pick, Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey—before arriving on campus in the fall. City of Thorns will be used in numerous classes and residence hall activities, and it will be the subject of a variety of city-campus programs and special events. Each year, the program also brings the authors to the community and to Michigan State University to welcome the new first-year students to campus. Ben Rawlence will visit the East Lansing community in mid-September. More details on his visit and other events are to come.

The theme of this year’s One Book, One Community program is “Faces of Migration: The Human Experience,” and it focuses on the emotions and personal experiences of individuals on migration journeys. City of Thorns was ultimately selected because the program felt that the book is”vivid” and “illuminating,” it tackles topics that are relevant to both students and the general community, and it fits the selected theme; the book interweaves the stories of nine individuals living in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.

The purpose of the One Book, One College program is to encourage the Michigan State University and surrounding East Lansing community to read the same books, and come together to explore the books’ themes and issues. It is one of the first community reads programs to bring together students from a major university and the residents of its surrounding community. The program seeks to build an intellectual and social rapport among students and community members through the collective experience of reading, thinking, and discussing challenging ideas and themes that tackle important social issues. Additionally, the program strives to provide Michigan State University’s incoming first-year students with a shared learning experience that introduces them to the intellectual rigor of college-level academics.

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City of Thorns • Picador • 352 pages

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION is Williams College’s 2016 #CommonReading Book! (#FYE16)

The Sixth ExtinctionWilliams College in Massachusetts has selected Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction for their 2016-2017 Williams Reads program!

All incoming students will receive copies of the The Sixth Extinction in the mail over the summer; they are expected to read the book before heading to campus in order to prepare for group discussions. These group discussions—First Days conversations—will take place in September during orientation week, and will allow students to openly engage with the book’s themes, and connect with their new peers.

Beyond the classroom, Elizabeth Kolbert will hold a talk about the book during the 2016-2017 academic year (she is currently the Class of 1946 Environmental Fellow-in-Residence at Williams College). The school will also hold panels, film viewings, and discussions related to The Sixth Extinction, as well as potentially a couple of presentations by environmental experts. A finalized schedule of events is still to come.

To select the 2016 Williams Reads book, the Williams Reads committee accepted suggestions from students, committee members, and previous participants. Over the course of several months, the committee read and reviewed books, beginning with the titles that had multiple recommendations. Last summer, the list was narrowed down to only six titles. According to the committee, The Sixth Extinction was ultimately chosen because it is well-written as well as multidisciplinary, so they believe that the book will resonate with a diverse student body.

The Williams Reads program strives to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. The program was developed by the school’s Committee on Diversity and Community, and their goal is to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging dialogue. “We look for something different people can talk about,” Leslie Brown, Associate Professor of History and Co-chair of the Williams Reads committee, explained. “We look for books that offer engaging perspectives, something informative and credible, something that will make for lively learning and conversation; something that offers new knowledge or brings unheard perspectives . . . The Sixth Extinction is well-written, and the book has been well received.”

Click here to see other schools that have adopted The Sixth Extinction, and here to learn more about Kolbert’s first novel, Field Notes from a CatastropheVisit our Popular Picks page for more common reading options from Macmillan!

The Sixth Extinction • Picador • 336 pages

 

BEING MORTAL is UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2016 Carolina #SummerReading Book! (#CommonReading)

Being MortalThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has selected Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal for their 2016 Carolina Summer Reading program!

All incoming first-year and transfer students are expected to read the book over the summer and participate in small group discussions on the Monday before fall 2016 classes begin. The book is available for purchase in the campus bookstore.

Being Mortal was selected as the 2016 Carolina Summer Reading book by a nine-person committee consisting of faculty, staff, and students. Over the last several months, the Committee narrowed down the initial pool of 169 book nominations to seven finalists. Out of the seven finalists, Being Mortal was the Committee’s unanimous first choice.

UNC-Chapel Hill explained that they selected Being Mortal for a variety of reasons, including that the book is “well-written, it honors human diversity and success, and it is a celebration of life that challenges readers to respect human dignity.” However, the school’s committee ultimately chose this book because they felt that it addresses issues in medical and health sciences with a multidisciplinary lens that makes it relevant for a variety of majors, and it tackles topics that have not received enough opportunities for dialogue.

The school also felt that the book is an important read for students because it touches on universal topics that transcend generational divides, economic status, sexual orientation, racial identities, and gender identities. Tim Marr—distinguished associate professor of American Studies and chair of the Committee—explained that the Committee hopes that reading Being Mortal will help students confront death (the book’s primary theme) by “encouraging open discussion about important matters faced by every family for which medicine can ultimately provide no answer.”

The Carolina Summer Reading program aims to stimulate critical thinking outside of the classroom, and give new students common intellectual ground. It is used as an academic icebreaker, and it encourages students to engage with the scholarly community and come to their own conclusions about the material.

The UNC-Chapel Hill community was already familiar with Atul Gawande because he was the school’s 2014 Commencement Speaker. His Commencement speech confronted the graduating crowd with a story of children suffering from cancer. Yet, his message ultimately focused on the resources of strength and resilience people find to flourish in life—despite adversity—by connecting with a purpose larger than themselves that aids others.

Click here to see other schools that have adopted Being Mortaland other Popular Picks for common reading from Macmillan!

Being Mortal • Metropolitan Books • 304 pages