Inspired by a desire to bring faculty and students together outside of a formal classroom, the reading and discussion engages students in subjects important to them, their communities, and the larger world. These may include such issues as personal relationships and family, coming of age, vocational discernment, the development of social responsibility, diversity and gender, and politics and civic engagement.
This year’s book is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni.
In its eleventh year, the First Year Reading Program encourages all incoming first-year students to read a common text and discuss it with a small group of fellow students, led by a faculty member during New Student Orientation in August. Books will be distributed to all incoming first year students at each of the four Preview sessions in June. Students who do not attend Preview will receive their book in the mail in July.
One Amazing Thing is the twelfth book chosen for the program and was preceded by The Chosen by Chaim Potok (2002), A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind (2003), Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (2004), A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines (2005), Hunger by Lan Samantha Chang (2006), Bombingham by Anthony Grooms (2007), Run by Ann Patchett (2008), Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (2009), Peace Like A River by Leif Enger (2010), The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore (2011), and Half a Life by Darin Strauss (2012). For more information, please contact the Office of Provost at Marquette at 414-288-7511.