What the Freshmen Are Reading

NPR did a story recently that featured some of the books first year college students are reading.  Here are a few examples:

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (required at University of Kentucky)

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (required at Smith College)

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (required at San José State University)

Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook (required at Lansing Community College)

How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians by Quintus Tullius Cicero and Philip Freeman (required at Texas Christian Unversity)

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai (required for Providence College)

Handbook for an Unpredictable Life by Rosie Perez (required at Queensborough Community College, a college of the City University of New York)

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas (required at Grand Valley State University)

Loving Day by Mat Johnson (required at Bucknell University)