The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
From the January 2012 Amazon Best Books of the Month, "In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green has created a soulful novel that tackles big subjects--life, death, love--with the perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion."
Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
Blake Mycoskie uses his experience with TOMS, as well as interviews with leaders of non-profits and corporations, to convey valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, transparency of leadership, and living by one's values. Events were scheduled based on the theme of the book.
This I Believe II by Jay Allison, Dan Gediman
Allison and Gediman's newest omnibus highlights 75 more essays from the archives of the successful NPR program, a contemporary version of Edward Murrow's classic radio show. The campus held several events and collected essays from campus faculty, staff and students based around the theme of the book.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks was a poor, southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge and consent. These cells, now known as HeLa cells, became one of the most important tools in medicine.
Field Notes From A Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
Field Notes From A Catastrophe is a series of 10 essays by Elizabeth Kolbert, a writer from the New Yorker, on the subject of climate change and global warming.
The Tortilla Curtain by T Coraghessan Boyle
The "Tortilla Curtain" is the name given to the border which Mexicans must cross to reach California. The book chronicles a couple that crosses the border to California for a better life, and winds up getting more than they bargained for after meeting up with an affluent American couple. During the 2006 fall semester, over twenty courses were using the book and a series of events were held.
The Bone Woman by Clea Koff
At the request of the United Nations, Clea Koff was among a team of forensic scientists sent to mass grave sites, including Rwanda, to investigate human rights abuses. Through forensic anthropology, Koff unearths the stories of unspeakable human suffering, providing clues to the victims' identities as well as their killers'.
The Price of a Child by Lorene Cary
Based on a true event, The Price of a Child tells the story of Virginia Pryor and her escape from slavery with help from the Philadelphia Underground Railroad. She is able to take two of her three children with her, but is haunted by the baby she left behind.
The Color of Water by James McBride
McBride's mother was a Polish Orthodox Jew who married a black man, leaving family and faith behind. Ruth McBride, twice-widowed, struggled through poverty and racism to raise her 12 children. The book is a memoir and a loving tribute to his mother's life.
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