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2017 - 2018: August, 2017

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Faculty book groups on the Summer Common Reading

Hope your summer is going well. I'm back from a much-needed vacation and am resuming preparations for the fall term.

You may have already heard about the Summer Common Reading for this fall's entering class: Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet. Each FP section will be discussing this novel at some point early in the fall term. Here's the blurb from the back cover:

When Lizet--the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school--is secretly accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she's set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Lizet's older sister scrambling for a place to live.


If you'd like more information, a review is here, and an NPR interview with the author is here. While the novel is about the experiences of a first-generation college student, several faculty who have already read it have noted that the book touches on universal themes: loneliness; fitting in; finding one's place in the world.

To sign up for a faculty reading group, go here, preferably by the end of the week. I'll provide you with a book, if you need one, and set up groups based on time, date, and venue preferences. (If you opt for a morning group, I can provide coffee and possibly scones.)

Questions? Comments? Please let me know!