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Common Read 2013

The Common Read and the First Year Experience - Reading is a Social Act

The Common Read offers first-year students an opportunity to enjoy a common reading experience with peers, engage in an academic activity, and begin a key part of the UNH First Year Experience.  Each selection will be required reading for ENGL 1105 and ENGL 1110, two courses in the first-year writing sequence. Other instructors teaching first year students are invited to incorporate the Common Read into their classes as well.  A variety of programming options will be scheduled throughout the first year to further enhance the Common Read experience. Look for an announcement about many of these during the first week of classes in the fall.

Students wanting to engage with others about the Common Read need not wait until fall to begin their discussions.  Like us on Facebook to share your thoughts about the book and get to know your peers in the process. Be social: read.

To learn more about how you might approach reading this year's selection, access the reading guide, presented at the summer SOAR events, by following the link above to the Common Read 2013 Library Guide. 

The University Library partners with Student Services and Academic Services to provide the Common Read as part of the University's FIrst Year Experience.  Click on the title above to access information about the selected book, its author, major themes, and how to obtain assistance from Library Staff.  

Common Read for 2012 - Double Take: A Memoir, by Kevin Michael Connolly
Common Read for 2011 -  Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream
Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinaryby Bill Strickland
Common Read for 2010 - Outcasts United : a Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town by Warren St. John
Common Read for 2009 - Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search 
      for a Greener Future by Greg Melville
Common Read for 2008 - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Common Read for 2007 - Mountains Beyond Mountains: the Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would
     Cure the World  by Tracy Kidder
Common Read for 2006 - Tuesdays with Morrie: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and
     Achieve the Extraordinary
by Mitch Albom