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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich will be the 2008-2009 Freshman Common Reading at Cal State Northridge.

CSUN Freshmen at the Fall 2007 Conovcation Campus Announcement about the Book:

"'Nickel and Dimed' Next Up for Common Reading Program"--article available online and in CSUN's biweekly newspaper for the university community, @CSUN (February 4, 2008, p. 2).

The Runners-Up:

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China by John Pomfret
  3. The Kite Runner  by Khaled Hosseini
  4. Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee

One Campus, One Book: Additional Titles Suggested for 2008-2009

Each of the following titles was suggested by someone at CSUN. Take a look; read some of them; think ahead; send us your ideas for 2009-2010; and if you're really interested, join next year's committee in January 2008. Please keep the Selection Criteria in mind.

Note: books in this list marked with two asterisks (**) were recommended by students.