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K-State Book Network (KSBN)

Nominations

KSBN’s purpose is to help guide the transition from high school to college by giving students a common experience around a book and guided academic and social activities that can be shared with professors, staff, administrators, and other students when they arrive on campus.

Nomination Process

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018-19 common book. We are looking for books that meet our criteria and fit the theme of “The American Dream” which will focus on books with inspirational stories, examples of the American Dream, and critiques of “American Dream” ideology.

Campus nominations have closed. 

How we pick books

The selection committee, made up of students, staff, and faculty, reviews nominations and narrows down the list of titles to one. Their work officially begins in the summer and ends in November.

Selection Timeline
Spring 2017Select a theme
Form a committee
Solicit book nominations
Summer 2017Review book samples and narrow to 12 
Fall 2017Read books and narrow to 3
Solicit campus feedback the top 3 books
Rank titles and get feedback from the Provost
Spring 2018Announce the book 

Nominated for the 2018-19 academic year

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 BoysHomer 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 AmericansCristina Henríquez 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianSherman 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