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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023-24 common book. We are looking for books that meet this year’s theme:

Authentic voice - Books that introduce readers to the lived experiences of an underrepresented group or culture as told by a member of that group or culture.

Nominations will 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 2022Select a theme
Form a committee
Solicit book nominations
Summer 2022Review book samples and narrow to 12 
Fall 2023Read books and narrow to 3
Solicit campus feedback the top 3 books
Rank titles and get feedback from the Provost
Spring 2023Announce the book 

Nominated for the 2023-24 academic year

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen - Jose Antonio Vargas

The Summer We Got Free - Mia McKenzie

Lot: Stories - Bryan Washington

Jonny Appleseed - Joshua Whitehead

The Sweetness of Water - Nathan Harris

Fruit of the Drunken Tree - Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Guapa - Saleem Haddad

Melissa (previously published as GEORGE) - Alex Gino

A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight - Maria Toorpakai with Katherine Holstein

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America - Thomas King

Melissa (previously published as GEORGE) - Alex Gino

We Are Not From Here - Jenny Torres Sanchez

A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight - Maria Toorpakai with Katherine Holstein

Hunger- Roxane Gay

Shrill - Lindy West

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation - Eboo Patel 

Being Heumann - Judith Heumann & Kristen Joiner 

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation - Jonathan Hennessey

Maus I & II  - Art Spiegelman 

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century - Alice Wong 

Listening Is an Act of Love - Dave Isay

Letter to a Young Female Physician: Thoughts on Life and Work - Suzanne Koven 

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants - Robin Wall Kimmerer

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto - George M. Johnson

This Land is My Land: A Graphic History of Big Dreams, Micronations, and Other Self-Made States - Andy Warner 

Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story - Peter Bagge

Queer: A Graphic History - Meg-JohnBarker

They Called Us Enemy - George Takei

Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover

Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football -John Urschel

Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet - Claire L. Evans

Lab Girl - Hope Jahren

Free: A Child and a Country at the End of History - Lea Ypi 

The Lives of Campus Custodians - Insights Into Corporatization and Civic Disengagement in the Academy - Peter Magolda

This Is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel

Know My Name - Chanel Miller

Born A Crime; Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

Last Summer on State Street - Toya Wolfe

Good Kings Bad Kings - Susan Nussbaum

Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land - Taylor Brorby

Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces -Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Braiding Sweetgrass -Robin Wall Kimmerer

Kindred - Octavia Butler

Q & A - Vikas Swarup

Butterfly - From Refugee to Olympian - Yusra Mardini

Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi

City of Veils - Zoe Ferraris

Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think - Hans Rosling