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First Year Reading Experience

Past Books

From stalwart American classics to fresh depictions of modern life, our selections for the First-Year Reading Experience span decades.

Past Books

Year Book Title Author
2021 Educated Tara Westover
2019 Factfulness Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Ronnlund
2018 A More Beautiful Question Warren Berger
2017 Callings  Dave Isay 
2016  The Measure of Our Success  Marian Wright Edelman 
2015  Where'd You Go Bernadette  Maria Semple 
2014  The Circle  Dave Eggers
2013  The Postmortal  Drew Magary 
2012  Motherless Brooklyn  Jonathan Lethem 
2011  No Impact Man  Colin Beavan
2010  Into the Wild  Jon Krakauer
2009  The Complete Persepolis  Marjane Satrapi 
2008  Never Let Me Go  Kazuo Ishiguro 
2007  When the Emperor was Divine   Julie Otsuka 
2006 Mountains Beyond Mountains Tracy Kidder
2005 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
2004 Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital
2003 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
2002 The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
2001 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
2000 The Killer Angels Michael Shaara
1999 The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
1998 Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? Lorrie Moore
1997 The Bear William Faulkner
1996 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
1995 Rich in Love Josephine Humphreys
1994 The Water Is Wide Pat Conroy


First-Year Reading Experience

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