Common Reads: First-Year Experience 2022

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COMMON READS First-Year Experience

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

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the wisdom of nature • 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 Lessons from Plants • Beronda L. Montgomery 240 pp. 15 illus. $22.95 cloth 9780674241282 NEW

the pain of language loss • What goes on in the multilingual mind? • What are the benefits of multilingualism? • How crucial is the role of language in forming a sense of self? “At once an eloquent memoir [and] a wideranging commentary on cultural diversity.” —The Economist

“[A] beautifully written book…Elegantly captures why the language(s) we use are so dear to us and how they play a central role in our identities.” —Science Memory Speaks • Julie Sedivy 368 pp. $29.95 cloth 9780674980280

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the inequities facing students • 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

“This 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 The Privileged Poor • Anthony Abraham Jack 288 pp. 2 illus., 1 table $16.95 paper 9780674248243

Anthony Abraham Jack keynote speaker

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Author, educator, and sociologist, Anthony Abraham Jack documents the experiences of lowincome, first-generation students, challenging higher education communities to commit to change so that all students can succeed. His bestselling book, The Privileged Poor, has been selected for •M IT Reads •W ashington State University’s MLK and Common Reading Programs •U niversity of Virginia’s Curry Common Read

The Privileged Poor is a hot topic for book club and discussion groups on and off campus, including Harvard Medical School’s DIB Book Club and The College System of Tennessee’s Vice Chancellor for Student Success Book Club.


A Campus Common of Learners Reads: Fir for students • 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 What the Best College Students Do • Ken Bain Belknap Press 304 pp. $30.00 cloth 9780674066649

for educators • What makes a great teacher great? • Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? • How do we foster “deep learning”? ★A Chronicle of Higher Education “Top 10 Books on Teaching” Selection

“Remains…the single most inspiring and thought-provoking work in the field.” —Chronicle of Higher Education

“Reading this book is a joy…An inspirational summary of what teachers do that truly makes a difference in students’ lives, and what any teacher can do to improve.” — Richard Light, author of Making the Most of College What the Best College Teachers Do • Ken Bain 224 pp. $35.00 cloth 9780674013254

rst-Year Experience for lifelong learning • What are concrete techniques to become a more productive learner? ★F eatured in the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, Inside Higher Ed, Vox, and Forbes

“ 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 Make It Stick • Peter C. Brown • Henry L. Roediger III • Mark A. McDaniel 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.

a book for faculty and students A modern day classic, Make It Stick appears on syllabi across disciplines and has been adopted by faculty book clubs. Recommended by students, faculty, and adminstrators, this informative, accessible, nuts-and-bolts approach to learning has transformed classrooms worldwide.


Common Reads Common / FYE Reads: Fir a graphic novel for classrooms • 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 Unflattening • Nick Sousanis 208 pp. 164 pages of illus. $22.95 paper 9780674744431

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rst-Year Experience a powerful book on racial injustice • 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 The Origin of Others • Toni Morrison 136 pp. $22.95 cloth 9780674976450

Download the book for free at • 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. Racism in America • Foreword by Annette Gordon-Reed 208 pp. free ebook


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inspiring moral rebels • 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

“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 Why We Act • Catherine A. Sanderson Belknap Press 272 pp. $18.95 paper 9780674271111


honoring the first feminist radicals • 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? “Revelatory…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.” —Los Angeles Review of Books Poems of the First Buddhist Women • Translated by Charles Hallisey Murty Classical Library of India 192 pp. $19.95 paper 9780674251359


fostering young citizens • 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 Voice, Choice, and Action • Felton Earls • Mary Carlson Belknap Press 336 pp. 5 illus. $27.95 cloth 9780674987425


celebrating women’s suffrage • 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. Why They Marched • Susan Ware Belknap Press 360 pp. 31 photos $16.95 paper 9780674248298


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the value of finding our way • 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 From Here to There • Michael Bond Belknap Press 304 pp. 26 illus. $29.95 cloth 9780674244573


the psychology of boredom • 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 Out of My Skull • James Danckert • John D. Eastwood 288 pp. 6 photos, 2 illus. $27.95 cloth 9780674984677

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practical advice for success • 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 Making the Most of College • Richard J. Light 256 pp. $20.00 paper 9780674013599


a reflection on paths untaken • What is the beauty, the power, and the struggle of our unled lives? • How does our past help us understand who we are now? “A compendium of expressions of wonder over what might have been…Swept up in our real lives, we quickly forget about the unreal ones. Still, there will be moments when, for good or ill, we feel confronted by our unrealized possibilities.” — N ew Yorker On Not Being Someone Else • Andrew H. Miller 232 pp. $18.95 paper 9780674271180


Faculty Reading Common Reads: Fir REVISED EDITION

a book for every academic leader • What are today’s most pressing higher education challenges and how should you navigate them? “Indispensable…If you or someone you know is new to administration, or about to become new to administration, consider it required reading.” —Inside Higher Ed

“By tackling issues raised by the pandemic and the recent political reckoning over racism and sexual violence on campus, the revised guide is now even more essential for all university administrators.” — Kavita Pandit, Georgia State University The College Administrator’s Survival Guide • C. K. Gunsalus 304 pp. $27.95 cloth 9780674258549 NOW IN PAPER

everything they never taught about teaching • 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 The Missing Course • David Gooblar 272 pp. $22.95 paper 9780674260382

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the history of college debt • How did America’s student loan program turn into a pathway to poverty? “Valuable…Patiently reconstructs the evolution of our student lending system.” —Wall Street Journal

“This well-researched history provides crucial context for understanding a thorny social problem.” —Publishers Weekly “Shermer’s book is a sustained indictment of the entire edifice.” —Chicago Tribune Indentured Students • Elizabeth Tandy Shermer Belknap Press 272 pp. $29.95 cloth 9780674251489

a lively guide to writing • How do you make articles and books a pleasure to read—and to write? “Teachers of writing at the college level will want to read the book so as to help stem the tide of overly formal, dry-as-dust term papers that are still standard fare in many classes.” —Psychology Today

“Aiming to be useful to writers in almost any discipline, Sword defines stylish academic writing in the broadest terms.” —Times Literary Supplement Stylish Academic Writing • Helen Sword 240 pp. $26.00 cloth 9780674064485


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the art of black teaching • What is “fugitive pedagogy”? • How did Carter G. Woodson succeed at transforming the lives of Black students? “As departments…scramble to decolonize their curriculum, Jarvis R. Givens illuminates a longstanding counter-canon in predominantly black schools and colleges.” —Boston Review

“Brilliant, fascinating, and groundbreaking. Givens restores Carter G. Woodson, one of the most important educators and intellectuals of the twentieth century.” —Imani Perry, author of May We Forever Stand Fugitive Pedagogy • Jarvis R. Givens 320 pp. 10 photos, 8 illus., 1 table $35.00 cloth 9780674983687

a call to action • How can America’s universities guide a new generation of African Americans to success in science? “Provides a roadmap of actions within individual faculty members’ control and sustenance for students, faculty, and administrators engaging in the struggle for racial justice in STEM education.” —Science Making Black Scientists • Marybeth Gasman • Thai-Huy Nguyen 256 pp. 1 table $36.00 cloth 9780674916586

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a sobering report card on edtech • What can–and 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 “Reading and talking about Failure to Disrupt should be a prerequisite for any big institutional learning technology initiatives coming out of COVID-19.” —Inside Higher Ed Failure to Disrupt • Justin Reich 336 pp. $27.95 cloth 9780674089044


the lost art of delaying adulthood • Is Gen Z resistant to growing up? • How can we better support young adults as they make the transition from adolescence to the rest of their lives? “A must-read for anyone who cares deeply about one of the most misunderstood populations in our society—emerging adults.” — A ngel B. Pérez, Ph.D., CEO, National Association for College Admission Counseling The End of Adolescence • Nancy E. Hill • Alexis Redding 232 pp. $35.00 cloth 9780674916500


Common Reads: Fir Forthcoming AUGUST 2022

Compulsory reading for faculty How can teachers at every kind of institution help students become independent, creative, and active learners? The New College Classroom • Cathy N. Davidson • Christina Katopodis 304 pp. $35.00 cloth 9780674248854

The latest science of learning inspiring, effective, and inclusive teaching Helping instructors in all disciplines create an environment that is truly conducive to learning, these ready-to-use classroom strategies have achieved impressive results at community colleges and research universities, on campus, online, and in hybrid settings.

cutting - edge research Two of the world’s foremost innovators in higher education, turn to the latest research and methods to introduce ready-to-use strategies to incorporate into any course—from the participatory syllabus and ungrading to grab-and-go activities.

about the authors Cathy N. Davidson has published more than twenty books, including The New Education and Now You See It. Christina Katopodis has received the Dewey Digital Teaching Award and the Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize.

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an entertaining foray into space • What if there isn’t life out in the universe? • Will we understand aliens? • Is Mars our Plan B? And why is the government spending tax dollars on space programs anyway? “In this unique book, Cockell takes us on a journey through astrobiology—one taxi ride at a time. Combining scientific inquiries with personal stories, Taxi from Another Planet is a fascinating conversation starter.” — Lisa Kaltenegger, Director of the Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Taxi from Another Planet • Charles S. Cockell 304 pp. 18 photos $26.95 cloth 9780674271838


the meaning of everyday objects • How could an unremarkable item reveal the untold history of a Jewish immigrant family, their chances and their choices over the course of an eventful century? • What objects in the material world anchor our own memories? An award-winning historian and museum curator tells the story of his Jewish immigrant family by lovingly reconstructing its dramatic encounters with the memory-filled objects of ordinary life. Objects of Love and Regret • Richard Rabinowitz Belknap Press 336 pp. 13 photos, 12 illus., 1 map $29.95 cloth 9780674268593


Book Club Picks A Brief History of Equality

The End of Astronauts Why Robots Are the Future of Exploration

Thomas Piketty

Donald Goldsmith • Martin Rees

Belknap Press 288 pp. $27.95 cloth 9780674273559

Belknap Press 192 pp. $25.95 cloth 9780674257726

Burning the Books A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge

Spacefarers How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond

Richard Ovenden Belknap Press 320 pp. $17.95 paper 9780674271104

Christopher Wanjek

Traveling Black A Story of Race and Resistance

Bee Time Lessons from the Hive

400 pp. $19.95 paper 9780674271142

Mark L. Winston

Mia Bay

296 pp. $21.00 paper 9780674970854

Belknap Press 400 pp. $35.00 cloth 9780674979963

F O RT H C O M I N G I N FA L L 2 0 2 2

The Cabinet George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

Stealing My Religion Not Just Any Cultural Appropriation Liz Bucar

Lindsay M. Chervinsky

240 pp. $27.95 cloth 9780674987036

Belknap Press 432 pp. $17.95 paper 9780674271036

Bring the War Home The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America Kathleen Belew

Happiness in Action A Philosopher’s Guide to the Good Life Adam Adatto Sandel 320 pp. $29.95 cloth 9780674268647

352 pp. $17.95 paper 9780674237698

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