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.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020-21 common book. We are looking for books that meet our criteria and fit the theme of “STEM Stories" - books that share the untold stories and/or underrepresented people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The nomination form will close June 28, 2019.
All nominations will be posted on this page a few days after they are submitted. See nominations from the past years at the Past Nominations page.
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.
|Spring 2019||Select a theme|
Form a committee
Solicit book nominations
|Summer 2019||Review book samples and narrow to 12|
|Fall 2019||Read books and narrow to 3|
Solicit campus feedback the top 3 books
Rank titles and get feedback from the Provost
|Spring 2020||Announce the book|
Nominated for the 2020-21 academic year
Semiosis - Sue Burke
The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece - Roseanne Montillo
The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded - Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Leland Purvis
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb - Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
High Price - Carl Hart
The Optimist's Telescope - Bina Venkataraman
Memory of Water - Emmi Itäranta
The Water Knife - Paolo Bacigalupi
Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary - Linus Torvalds and David Diamond
Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines - Richard A. Muller
Educated - Tara Westover
The Unwinding of the Miracle - Julie Yip-Williams
Breaking Night - Liz Murray
How to Bake Pi: An edible exploration of mathematics -Eugenia Cheng, Ph.D.
A Country Doctor - Sarah Orne Jewett
The Book of Lights - Chaim Potok
The Radium Girls - Kate Moore
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II - Liza Mundy
My Brief History - Hawking, Stephen
Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism - Dawn Prince-Hughes Ph.D.
Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel - Jason Padgett
Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances - Leland Melvin
Flight Of The Gin Fizz: Midlife At 4,500 Feet - Henry Kisor
Fallout - Jim Ottaviani, Janine Johnston, Steve Lieber, Vince Locke, Bernie Mireault and Jeff Parker
The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton
Losers in Space - John Barnes
Wool - Hugh Howey
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer - Sydney Padua
Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach
The Good Food Revolution - Will Allen
The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight - Martha Ackmann
Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic Of 1918 And The Search For The Virus That Caused It - Gina Kolata
Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe - Mike Massimino
The Science Education of American Girls - Kim Tolley
Alan Turing: The Enigma - Andrew Hodges
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Autonomous - Annalee Newitz
The Martian - Andy Weir
Lab Girl - Hope Jahren
The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
The Three Body Problem - Cixin Liu