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COMMON READS First-Year Experience

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE Books that captivate minds and inspire engaging group conversations


• What did creative, successful people do in college? ★V irginia and Warren Stone Prize

“ A provocative, interesting, and fast-moving book…Informative and beneficial not only for current and future college students, but also [for those] who strive to foster successful learning in children.” —Choice

“ A wonderful exploration of excellence.” —Fortune Belknap Press 304 pp. $30.00 cloth 9780674066649


• What is race and why does it matter? • What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? • Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? ★A World Economic Forum “Powerful, Memorable Books That Explore Racial Injustice in the U.S.” Selection ★S elected as a Best Book of the Year by the Irish Times and The Observer ★A PBS NewsHour “13 Fall Books That Will Make You Think” Selection

“ C ombines Toni Morrison’s accustomed eloquence with meaning for our times as citizens of the world.” —New Republic

“ A painful and powerful study of race.” —Irish Times 136 pp. $22.95 cloth 9780674976450

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• What does it mean to be a poor student on a rich campus? • Who is at ease navigating the social side of academic life and who feels lost? ★A n NPR Books Best Book of the Year ★C ritics’ Choice Book Award, American Educational Studies Association

“Redirects attention from the matter of access to the matter of inclusion.” —New Yorker

“ T his book should be studied closely by anyone interested in improving diversity and inclusion in higher education and provides a moving call to action for us all.” —Raj Chetty, Harvard University 288 pp. 2 illustrations, 1 table $16.95 paper 9780674248243

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• How can we better understand the impact and complexities of racism? Racism in America is an invitation to understand anti-Black racism through the eyes of our most incisive commentators. The anthology is for all curious readers, teachers, and students who wish to discover for themselves the complex and rewarding intellectual work that has sustained our national conversation on race and will continue to guide us in future years. 208 pp. free ebook

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Common Reads: Fir • Why do good people so often do nothing when a seemingly small action could make a big difference? • What would it take to make us step up? ★A Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership Favorite Book of the Year ★A Washington Post Columnists’ Favorite Book of the Year

“Sanderson’s discussion of the consequences of failing to exhibit moral courage felt ripped from 2020 headlines—all of them.” — Washington Post

“Makes a powerful argument for building… the ability to stand up for what’s right in the face of peer pressure [and] corrupt authority.” — P sychology Today Belknap Press 272 pp. $27.95 cloth 9780674241831 N E W O N O U R S H E LV E S

• How did our rights evolve? • What will rights look like ten, twenty, or fifty years from now? • How do we preserve and promote a future good society? “This enjoyable read examines how changing norms create opportunities to expand the scope of universal protections and rights.” — S cience

“An accessible primer for anyone who wishes to understand the current limitations in our notions of rights and the future challenges for which we must prepare.” — Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 328 pp. $29.95 cloth 9780674977082

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• Who were the women who worked tirelessly across the nation for the right to vote? • How do the experiences of these women resonate today, as a new generation of young women demands to be heard? ★A Times Higher Education Recommended Summer Read ★A Book Riot “Great Biographies of U.S. Suffragists” Selection

“An intimate account of the unheralded activism that won women the right to vote, and an opportunity to celebrate a truly diverse cohort of first-wave feminist changemakers.” —Ms. Belknap Press 360 pp. 31 photos $16.95 paper 9780674248298


• How have children all over the world demonstrated an unappreciated but powerful interest in the common good? • Why should societies foster young citizens to mobilize their communities? “An inspiring vision of a newly inclusive democracy.” — K irkus Reviews (starred review)

“A wide-ranging and inspiring study of citizen engagement among young people.” —Publishers Weekly Belknap Press 336 pp. 5 illustrations $27.95 cloth 9780674987425

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Common Reads: Fir • What are the origins of the extremist movement that attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021? • How did the white power movement grow? ★A Bustle “Books about White Supremacy & How to Combat It” Selection ★A Guardian Best Book of the Year ★A PopMatters Best Book of the Year

“[A] gripping study of white power.” —New York Times

“The power of Belew’s book comes, in part, from the fact that it reveals a story about white-racist violence that we should all already know.” —The Nation 352 pp. 11 photos $16.95 paper 9780674237698

• When did the myth of black criminality take root? How does it continue to impact arrests and incarcerations in the U.S. today? • How has racism obstructed efforts to enforce police accountability? ★A n Oprah Magazine “Books to Better Understand the History of Racism in America” Selection ★A New York Times “Antiracist Reading List” Recommended Book

“ A brilliant work that tells us how directly the past has formed us.” —New York Review of Books

“Explores how the myth of black criminality became deeply embedded in American thought and was important in the making of urban America.” —Washington Post 416 pp. 7 photos, 5 illus. $15.95 paper 9780674238145

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rst-Year Experience • Why is democracy diminishing and how can we protect it? ★A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice ★A New York Times “What Books Should Biden Read?” Selection ★A Newsweek “50 Coolest Books to Read This Summer” Selection

“ A clear, concise, persuasive, and insightful account of the conditions that made liberal democracy work—and how the breakdown in those conditions is the source of the current crisis of democracy around the world.” —The Guardian 400 pp. 16 illustrations $18.95 paper 9780674237681

• How should we remember war? ★F inalist, National Book Critics Circle Award ★F inalist, National Book Award ★ J ohn G. Cawelti Award, Best Textbook/Primer ★A New York Times Book Review “The Year in Reading” Selection

“ [A] gorgeous, multifaceted examination of the war Americans call the Vietnam War— and which Vietnamese call the American War.” —Los Angeles Times 384 pp. 35 halftones $19.95 paper 9780674979840

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• How can we see our world in an entirely different way? • Why is visual thinking important? • How can comics process complex ideas? ★S elected as a Best Graphic Novel of the Year by Forbes and The Independent

“ D eserves a place as a compulsory textbook in schools.” —New Statesman

“ B reaks new ground in the use of visual narrative for the expression of abstract ideas…An instant classic.” —Forbes 208 pp. 164 pages of illustrations $22.95 paper 9780674744431

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• What were the achievements, hopes, and struggles of women who lived two thousand years ago? • What can we learn about India’s culture, Buddhism, and our own lives and futures from this collection? “[R]evelatory…these poems bring us close to female lives beset by eternal problems: abuse, abandonment, poverty. They feel immediate—dare we say contemporary?—in how spiritual triumph rests tragically on a universe of grief.”

poems With five verses —Los Angeles Review of Books

Murty Classical Library of India 192 pp. $19.95 paper 9780674251359

and I saw the dhamma perfectly, knew freedom, the A look inside the book eternal state. Who I was then left behind son and daughter, wealth and grain, after cutting off my hair, I went forth to homelessness.


I trained myself, I developed the straight path, I gave up excitement and anger together with all that fouls the heart.


I ordained as a nun, I remembered former lives, the eye that sees the invisible was clear, spotless, developed.


I saw my experiences as if they were not my own, born from a cause, destined to disappear. I got rid of all that fouls the heart, I am cool, free.



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• How might we improve human society by better appreciating not just what plants give us but also how they achieve their own purposes? • What would it mean to learn from these organisms, to become more aware of and to adapt to our own worlds by calling on perception and awareness? • What would a plant do? “An invitation to awareness, awe, and curiosity. Montgomery takes us deep into the sophisticated and life-giving behaviors and community lives of plants, giving us evergreen lessons about resilience and diversity along the way. ” — D avid George Haskell, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen 240 pp. 15 illustrations $22.95 cloth 9780674241282 Available in April 2021

• What lessons can bees teach humans about how to better interact with one another and the natural world? ★G overnor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction

“ [ Winston] writes lovingly of the rhythms and quiddities of the apiary.” —New Scientist

“ [ These] charismatic social insects emerge as both icons of societal cohesion and symbols of nature’s paradoxically mingled power and fragility.” —Nature 296 pp. $20.00 paper 9780674970854

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• What causes boredom? • How do we listen to what boredom is telling us, so we can live more engaged lives? ★A Guardian Best Book about Ideas

“Boredom is often inescapable these days, as social distancing guidelines keep many of us at home…[This] is an engaging and timely read that is anything but boring.” —Science

“Readers will leave with a greater understanding of what boredom is and what we can do with it.” —Washington Monthly 288 pp. 6 photos, 2 illustrations $27.95 cloth 9780674984677


• What does it means to be lost? ★A Wired Most Fascinating Book of the Year

“Concludes that, by setting aside our GPS devices, by redesigning parts of our cities and play areas, and sometimes just by letting ourselves get lost, we can indeed revivify our ability to find our way, to the benefit of our inner world no less than the outer one.” —Science

“Adventure-loving readers will be richly rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly Belknap Press 304 pp. 26 illustrations $29.95 cloth 9780674244573 Available in paper: August 2021

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Common Reads: Fir • How do numbers shape our perceptions of the world? • How did various types of numbers develop in different societies? • What would the world be like if numbers didn’t exist? ★A Smithsonian “Ten Best Science Books of the Year” Selection

“A fascinating book.” —New York Times Book Review

“Examines the seemingly limitless possibilities and innovations made possible by the evolution of number systems.” —Smithsonian 312 pp. 7 photos, 1 illustration $18.95 paper 9780674237810

• What are the thorny ethical and societal concerns with genetic modification? • What if changes intended for the good turn out to have unforeseen negative effects? • Will the divide between the haves and have-nots widen? • Who should be the decision makers of the future of humanity? “A vivid call to action.” —Science

“Baylis argues that everyone must have a role in determining our future as a species.” —Chronicle Herald 304 pp. 11 illustrations $24.95 cloth 9780674976719

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rst-Year Experience • What happens when we can’t leave our most embarrassing moments behind? “Growing up online, Eichhorn worries, might impede our ability to edit memories, cull what needs to be culled, and move on.” — N ew Yorker

“Eichhorn’s work needs to be included in public discourse about how we make meaning of self and others in digital spaces.” —PopMatters

“An important manual for anyone who regularly posts on social media.” —New Statesman 192 pp. $22.95 cloth 9780674976696

• What choices can students make to improve their college experience? ★V irginia and Warren Stone Prize

“ Valuable and practical…Filled with advice and illuminated by real stories of students’ self-doubts, failures, discoveries, and hopes, [this] book is a blueprint for academic success.” —Library Journal 256 pp. $19.50 paper 9780674013599

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Faculty Common Reading Reads: Grou Fir A PERENNIAL BESTSELLER ★F eatured by the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, Inside Higher Ed, Vox, and Forbes

Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement. “ O ffers practical advice for learners of all ages, at all stages of life.” —Psychology Today

“ Weave[s] together stories from an array of learners—surgeons, pilots, gardeners, and school and university students—to illustrate how successful learning takes place.” —Times Higher Education Belknap Press 336 pp. $31.00 cloth 9780674729018

How do you make it stick? key concepts explained in the book Get it out to get it in. It’s retrieval from memory, not review, that deepens learning and makes it stick. Some difficulties are desirable. Difficulties that resemble real-world conditions, and require effort to overcome, deepen learning and improve later performance. Intuition misleads us. Many strategies that feel productive, like rereading and massed practice, are labor in vain.

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• What can tech—and what can’t tech— do to transform our classrooms? ★A Science “Reading List for Uncertain Times” Selection

“Lays out the embarrassing cycle of copied ideas, massive hype, enormous wasted funding and the unmet promises of edtech.” —Forbes

“ A n important corrective to our public fascination with ‘disrupting’ higher education… This is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in the present and future of higher education.” —Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of Lower Ed 336 pp. $27.95 cloth 9780674089044


• What can you do to be a successful college instructor? ★A Library Babel Fish blog (Inside Higher Ed) Recommended Book

“Wraps important insights into a story of discovery and adventure.” — Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do

“With deep empathy for emerging educators and an unwavering focus on students, Gooblar offers a guide towards cultivating a collaborative, active, and inclusive classroom.” — K imberly Tanner, San Francisco State University 272 pp. $29.95 cloth 9780674984417 Available in paper: August 2021

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