Common Reading Book

Common Reading book 2014Davidson College is devoted to the life of the mind and the development of the whole person. We believe that one of the best ways to begin your journey here is to read a common book, discuss it during orientation, and apply what you learn to your life at Davidson. We are in the process of selecting the book for Orientation 2015. A list of previous selections can be found below. Please check back in the early summer for the book discussion reading announcement. You will also receive an Orientation packet in the mail in the early summer, which will also contain information about this year's book discussion selection. 

During Orientation, you will explore the book and the issues it raises in small group discussions. All new students need to obtain a copy for themselves and read the selection before the Book Discussion session during orientation on Sunday, Aug. 23. 

Past Common Reading Selections:

2014: The Other Wes Moore
2013: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
2012: Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey
2011: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
2010: Here, Bullet
2009: Old School
2008: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
2007: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
2006: The Dignity of Difference
2005: The Kite Runner
2004: Two Souls Indivisible
2003: A Hope in the Unseen
2002: Nickel and Dimed
2001: On the Uses of a Liberal Education (essay)
2000: All Over but the Shoutin'
1999: A Gracious Plenty
1998: Snow Falling on Cedars
1997: My Own Country
1996: Life on the Color Line
1995: Kindred
1994: Fiela's Child
1993: Waiting for the Barbarians