To be part of the intellectual life of a campus, even from afar, check out these great books that made this year's college freshmen reading list. Colleges across the country assign summer reading for incoming students and books are usually selected by faculty committees and may be written by a campus faculty member. When students begin the Fall semester, the colleges hold seminars, often with selected authors, to share, debate, and discuss the books. The experience is meant to chart the course of the school year - providing students with a shared knowledge of great literature or profound ideas.
Mount Holyoke: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Skidmore College & Xavier University: The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
Duke University: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
University of the South, Sewanee: The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
Washington University of St. Louis: Notes From No Man’s Land by Eula Biss
Brown University: Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times by Eyal Press
Elizabethtown College: Creating Room to Read by John Wood
University of Texas, San Antonio: The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
University of Oregon Honors College: The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris
Cal State University, Northridge: Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes.