Academic First Year Experiences

CSUN 2020-2021 Common Read Announced!

January 15, 2020

Educated book cover
Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover


The selection committee for the CSUN Freshman Common Read met Wednesday January 15th, and chose Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover as the Common Read for 2020-2021. The committee is excited about the book and feel that it will be applicable to a wide variety of fields and courses. Committee member Jeff Noblitt, who nominated the book, wrote: Educated: A Memoir is an engaging and quick read, full of opportunities for reflection. It encourages intellectual growth as Tara’s own intellectual curiosity is fueled, despite the monumental barriers placed in her path. Because it is about education and learning, the book easily translates into multiple courses and contexts. Tara’s family and upbringing presents a deep dive into a culture that may be unfamiliar but is brought to life in the book. Significant contemporary issues are explored including domestic abuse, repressive family structures, and sex-based discrimination. To call Educated a page turner is an understatement. There are passages that are heartbreaking, but multiple examples that show Tara's incredible growth.

There will be book discussions this Spring which will be announced over email and on the faculty staff resource page for the Common Read (which hasn't been created yet.)

To learn more about the Common Reading program in general, please see the Freshman Common Reading website.

Thank you!

Susanna Eng-Ziskin
Director, CSUN Freshman Common Reading Program