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2018 Book Nominations

Below are titles of books students, staff, faculty, and community members nominated as the 2018 common book.

  • Code Talker: The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII - Chester Nez with Judith Schiess Avila 
  • Anti-Intellectualism in American Life - Richard Hofstadter 
  • The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation - Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón 
  • American Boys - Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely 
  • Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow 
  • Inside Out & Back Again - Thanhha Lai
  • Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story - Frank Meeink
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood 
  • Lab Girl - Hope Jahren
  • Our Daily Bread; The Essential Norman Borlaug - Noel Vietmeyer
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
  • Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm - Forrest Pritchard
  • Colored People - Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
  • In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom - Yeonmi Park 
  • Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
  • Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance - Christopher McDougall
  • Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life - Karen Armstrong
  • Born A Crime - Trevor Noah
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Rocket Boys - Homer Hickman 
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent - Julia Alvarez
  • The Mothers -  Brit Bennett
  • Behold the Dreamers: A Novel - Imbolo Mbue 
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon  
  • The Midnight Man - David Eric Tomlinson
  • The Book of Unknown Americans - Cristina Henríquez 
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie 
  • Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Everything That Remains -Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
  • A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never Expected - Courtney Westlake
  • Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project - Jack Mayer
  • The Distance Between Us: A Memoir - Reyna Grande 
  • Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education - Jon McGee 
  • Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis - Robert D. Putnam
  • When I Was Puerto Rican - Esmeralda Santiago
  • The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas 
  • Hillbilly Elegy - JD Vance
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly

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2017 Book Nominations

Below are titles of books students, staff, faculty, and community members nominated as the 2017 common book.

Code Talker: The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII - Chester Nez with Judith Schiess Avila 

  • Anti-Intellectualism in American Life - Richard Hofstadter 
  • The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation - Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón 
  • American Boys - Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely 
  • Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow 
  • Inside Out & Back Again - Thanhha Lai
  • Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story - Frank Meeink
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood 
  • Lab Girl - Hope Jahren
  • Our Daily Bread; The Essential Norman Borlaug - Noel Vietmeyer
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
  • Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm - Forrest Pritchard
  • Colored People - Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
  • In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom - Yeonmi Park 
  • Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
  • Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance - Christopher McDougall
  • Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life - Karen Armstrong
  • Born A Crime - Trevor Noah
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Rocket Boys - Homer Hickman 
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent - Julia Alvarez
  • The Mothers -  Brit Bennett
  • Behold the Dreamers: A Novel - Imbolo Mbue 
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon  
  • The Midnight Man - David Eric Tomlinson
  • The Book of Unknown Americans - Cristina Henríquez 
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie 
  • Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Everything That Remains -Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
  • A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never Expected - Courtney Westlake
  • Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project - Jack Mayer
  • The Distance Between Us: A Memoir - Reyna Grande 
  • Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education - Jon McGee 
  • Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis - Robert D. Putnam
  • When I Was Puerto Rican - Esmeralda Santiago
  • The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas 
  • Hillbilly Elegy - JD Vance
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly

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2016 Book Nominations

Below are titles of books students, staff, faculty, and community members nominated as the 2016 common book.

  • Deferred Interest -Ryan Pollyea
  • Walk to Beautiful - Jimmy Wayne
  • Tribe - Sebastian Junger
  • Walden - Michael Dolan
  • In The Country We Love: My Family Divided - Diane Guerrero

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