Faculty, staff, administrators, and librarians are invited to join the first year experience as facilitators for the First Year Reading Experience (FYRE) this coming fall as we welcome and engage with the incoming Class of 2023.
This year's selection (voted on by the university community) is "The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henríquez, which gives voice to the often hidden stories of people who left their native countries the hope of a better life in the United States.
"Through her characters' fears, their robust affection for one another and their resilience, Henríquez illuminates the disparity between the lives they've given up and the few benefits they've gained. For some, the struggle to find new identities as Americans yields rewards; for others, the transition is too difficult, and they return home the way they came: "out of one world and into the next." –Abbe Wright
Facilitators are matched with peers to lead an hour and fifteen minute discussion about the book, it's themes, and the transition that first-year students are experiencing.
"The Book of Unknown Americans" was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of the Year. It was the Daily Beast Novel of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, a Target Book of the Month selection, and was chosen one of the best books of the year by BookPage, Oprah.com, and School Library Journal. It was also longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Mathew R Chetnik