The Common Reading in the Marist Core
The campus-wide Common Reading provides a touchstone for FYS courses and for events and conversation throughout the Marist community as a whole. The 2017-18 Common Reading is The Distance Between Us by award-winning novelist Reyna Grande (Washington Square Press, 2013). Ms. Grande will come to campus in the Fall to deliver a lecture attended by all FYS students. Other events throughout the academic year will highlight the questions raised by the book. All Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 FYS students need to have purchased and read the book BEFORE classes begin.
The Common Reading is chosen by a committee that includes faculty from across the College and a student representative. Past Common Reading selections include Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010), Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map (Riverhead, 2005), Wes Moore's The Other Wes Moore (Spiegel and Grau, 2011), and Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran (Random House, 2003).