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Common Read 2013

The Common Read Selection Committee announced Amy Waldman’s The Submission, published in 2012, as its 2013-2014 selection. The Submission is a work of fiction. Set in New York City, the novel is about perspectives and tensions in the wake of 9/11. It raises broad questions about identity, respect, and belonging; uses of public space and the nature of art; and the behaviors of politicians and the media. It particularly explores Muslim-American identities and experiences after 2001. 

Common Read 2012

The UM-Flint Common Read Committee chose Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as the Common Read text for 2012-2013. Skloot’s widely reviewed and praised work of non-fiction focuses on the history of both U.S. medical research and one multi-generational African-American family. Skloot visited UM-Flint as part of the Common Read in the fall. 

Common Read 2011

The University of Michigan-Flint inaugurated the Common Read program in Fall 2011 with Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying, her 2007 memoir that bridges Haiti and the United States, a story that demonstrates the power of words to recreate worlds of both suffering and love. Ms. Danticat visited the UM-Flint campus on March 13, 2012. During her time at UM-Flint, she engaged in a writing seminar with faculty and students, and she delivered a public presentation on her book.