Common Reading Book

Common Reading BookDavidson 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 excited to announce that the common reading selection for New Student Orientation 2013 is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

You will explore the book and the issues it raises in small group discussions during Orientation. All new students need to obtain a copy for themselves and read the selection before the Book Discussion session during orientation on Sunday, Aug. 25. A book discussion guide will be available later this summer in order to help you prepare for the discussion. Please check back to view the Book Discussion Guide to help you begin analyzing your thoughts after you've completed the reading.

Past Common Reading Selections:

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