Previous Common Read Books

Common Read Program: Enrique's JourneyEnrique's Journey
(2016-2017)

Enrique's Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

Common Read Program: This I BelieveAunt Alice v. Bob Marley: My Education in New Orleans (2015-2016)

Kareem Kennedy documents his quest for an education in the schools and streets of New Orleans. With his father gone and his mother frequently in and out of the picture, Kareem looks towards teachers and friends for the skills to muster through his education. Tracing Kareem's history through the 7th Ward, the book represents two years of highs and lows (NeighborhoodStoryProject.org, 2012).

Common Read Program: This I BelieveThis I Believe II (2014-2015)

This I Believe II is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on their website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. (ThisIBelieve.org, 2014).  This I Believe II is filled with wonderful and surprising essays about forgiveness, personal integrity, and honoring life and change.

Common Read Program: This I BelieveThis I Believe (2013-2014)

Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty Americans--from the famous to the unknown--completing the thought that the book's title begins. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others (Macmillan.com, 2015).