When a good friend, and an alumna of Mt. Holyoke, mentioned Americanah as the college’s choice for the incoming freshman class, I wondered what other books were on the agenda for freshmen. At most colleges new students come to campus ready to debate and analyze the book. Here’s a short list –
See your school? Read the books? Have one to add?
Freshman Summer Reads
- Duke University: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
- Tufts Univeristy: Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
- Cornell University: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- University of Pennsylvania: The Big Sea by Langston Hughes
- Columbia University: The Iliad by Homer
- Johns Hopkins University: The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Pennsylvania State University: The Boom by Russell Gold
- University of Maryland: Head Off and Split by Nikky Finney
- University of Vermont: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
- New York University: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
and Berkelely has a Summer Sampler – books not required but a great recommended list: http://reading.berkeley.edu/
Interesting list of books. I especially like the Berkeley list you attached and would like to pick up a few of these, notably Vikram Chandra’s book, Jar City and French Lessons. I will put them on my TBR, thanks.
I liked the Berkeley list too and appreciated that the books were not “required.”