Freshman Studies chose The Kite Runner last year since it met
many of the criteria we look for in a Summer Reading selection:
a coming of age story, it exposed our students to a geographic
area and a culture that many had never before experienced. It
certainly made an impact on campus….It remains one of the
most popular selections from our Summer Reading program.
—Elizabeth Hoehn, M.A., Freshman Studies Mentor, Seton
Dave Isay’s Listening Is an Act of Love proved to be a thoughtful
and provocative reading choice for Butler’s first-year students.
Students found themselves drawn to the stories....A perfect
choice to usher in the academic year.
While Dave Isay visited Butler, he was kind enough to join a
handful of faculty and a handful of students for a dinner held
on campus. He simply turned his ears to the students’ stories,
engaging them in conversation about the special relationships
each had with their loved one. It was a remarkable evening!
—Rebecca Ries, First-Year Seminar & Freshman Writing
Programs, Butler University
Our inaugural common reading program was no small undertaking—involving the procurement and distribution of over
8,000 copies of Bich Minh Nguyen’s memoir....From clear correspondence, precise billing, and timely shipment, to well-handled author speaking arrangements and even the creation
of an electronic distribution process for over 1,000 international
students, Penguin Group provided superlative service at a very
reasonable price. I highly recommend Penguin to institutions
that are launching or continuing a common reading effort.
—Andrew K. Koch, Director, Student Access, Transition, and
Success Programs, Purdue University
This story...prompted wonderful class discussions on the roles
of race, class and gender. The author’s appearance at Brenau
University was…one of the highlights of the academic year. The
Help was the best choice for the common reader in the years I
have been associated with the First Year Seminar. We are going
to use the book again next year.—Kenneth K. Frank, Director,
First Year Seminar and Professor of Humanities, Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia