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One Campus, One Book: CSUN's Freshman Common Reading Program, 2010-2011

1/15/2010 Thanks to the Selection Committee, we have a winner! Got an opinion? Share it on the Common Reading Blog.

The Freshman Common Reading Selection Committee has chosen The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon as the winning title for CSUN's 2010-2011 program. Narrated by a 15-year-old boy who is determined to solve a mysterious murder, The Curious Incident offers readers several surprises: a Sherlock Holmes-worthy plot; an inside view of autism; an unforgettable lesson in probability (highly useful in case you're selected to play Let's Make a Deal, the long-running TV game show); the opportunity to appreciate prime numbers; great writing; and characters who grapple heroically with their circumstances.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon: image of front cover.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon, 2003.

Suggested by:
Kiren Dosanjh-Zucker and
Andrew Belinfante

Publisher's Reading Guide

Spring 2010 book groups for CSUN faculty and staff

Discussion in this year's Selection Committee was unusually vigorous--so vigorous that we have decided to recommend that the 2010 entering freshmen also consider reading a second book on their own: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
The Hunger Games: cover image

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins, 2008.

Suggested by:
Sharron A. Kollmeyer Gerfen

Scholastic Discussion Guide

The Three Other Semifinalists

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performancy by Atul Gawande: image of front cover.

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Atul Gawande, 2007.

Suggested by:
Amy Reynolds

Journal of Clinical Investigation

Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario: image of front cover.

Enrique's Journey

Sonia Nazario, 2006.

Suggested by:
Lauren McDonald

Publisher's Reading Guide

Black Girl / White Girl: image of front cover.

Black Girl / White Girl

Joyce Carol Oates, 2006.

Suggested by:
Rita Basta

Publisher's Reading Guide

The other nominees for 2010-2011 included these books, which were not chosen....

1776 by David McCullough: image of front cover.


David McCullough, 2005.

Suggested by:
Sharron A. Kollmeyer Gerfen
Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton, and Erin Torneo : image of front cover.

Picking Cotton

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton, and Erin Torneo, 2009.

Suggested by:
Kitty Nard
Everything Bad Is Good for You: front cover

Everything Bad Is Good for You

Steven Johnson, 2005.

Suggested by:
Erin Delaney
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen: image of front cover.

The Last Town on Earth

Thomas Mullen, 2006.

Suggested by:
Bill Wolfe '82
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan: image of front cover.

The Omnivore's Dilemma

Michael Pollan, 2006.

Suggested by:
Mary Shannon
Mistakes Were Made by Tavris and Aronson: image of front cover.

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)...

Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson, 2008.

Suggested by:
Melanie Williams

These addtional books were also nominees not chosen for 2010-2011....

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: cover image

Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell, 2008.

Suggested by:
Ronit Sarig
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner: cover image

The Geography of Bliss

Eric Weiner, 2008.

Suggested by:
Ronit Sarig
Losing My Religion: cover image

Losing My Religion

William Lobdell, 2009.

Suggested by:
Jerry Stinner
Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman: cover image

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Thomas Friedman, 2008.

Suggested by:
Scott Andrews
I Live Here by Mia Kirshner: image of front cover.

I Live Here

Mia Kirshner, et al., 2008.

Suggested by:
Judy Battaglia
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller: cover image


Joseph Heller, 1961.

Suggested by:
Various CSUN readers

And finally, these books, which conclude the list of titles nominated but not chosen for 2010-2011.

Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus: image of front cover.

Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and....Poverty

Muhammad Yunus, 2003

Suggested by:
Tina Reed
Ten Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: image of front cover.

Ten Things Employers Want...

Bill Coplin, 2003.

Suggested by:
Arlene Vargas
Flight by Sherman Alexie: image of front cover.


Sherman Alexie, 2007.

Suggested by:
Ronit Sarig
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama: image of front cover.

Dreams from My Father

Barack Obama, 2004.

Suggested by:
Jacob Hale