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2019 Book Nominations

Below are titles of books students, staff, faculty, and community members nominated as the 2019 common book.

  • Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian - My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph - Yusra Mardini
  • How to Disappear -  Sharon Huss Roat
  • Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets - Judy Smith
  • Super Better: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient--Powered by the Science of Games - Jane McGonigal
  • Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness - S.J. Scott
  • Win No Matter What: A Guide to Hyping Up Your Life - Nihar Suthar 
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini
  • I am the Messenger -Marcus Zusak
  • We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter - Celeste Headlee
  • Reclaiming Conversation The Power of Talk in a Digital Age - Sherry Turkle
  • The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
  • Percy Jackson and the lightning thief - Rick Riordan
  • The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin
  • The Circle - Dave Eggers
  • Autonomous - Annalee Newitz
  • The Radium Girls - Kate Moore
  • The Journey - Kaneil Harrison
  • Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
  • The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sánchez 
  • Turtles All the Way Down - John Green
  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation - Daniel Siegel 
  • Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning - Leslie Odom Jr. 
  • Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom - Rick Hanson 
  • The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living - Russ Harris
  • The Martian - Andy Weir
  • Ready, Player  One -Ernest Cline
  • When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
  • Wonder - R. J. Palacio
  • 10% Happier - Dan Harris
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness - Susannah Cahalan
  • War Against the Animals - Paul Russell
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - Angela Duckworth
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg
  • Walden on Wheels  - Ken Ilgunas
  • Ode to Kirihito - Osamu Tezuka
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sánchez
  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay - Adib Khorram
  • Butterfly - Yusra Mardini
  • Hillbilly Elegy – JD Vance
  • Vox - Christina Dalcher
  • Turtles All the Way Down - John Green
  • Beartown - Fredrik Backman
  • Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
  • Grit - Angela Duckworth
  • Hamilton: An American Musical

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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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