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Freshman Year Reading Titles from Knopf Doubleday

Freshman Year Reading Titles from Knopf Doubleday

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The books suggested here should help initiate reflection and discussion among your incoming first-year students, who will begin their academic lives with a shared experience. They'll be prepared to discuss the stories of others and, thus, ready to share their own.
The books suggested here should help initiate reflection and discussion among your incoming first-year students, who will begin their academic lives with a shared experience. They'll be prepared to discuss the stories of others and, thus, ready to share their own.

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Published by: Knopf Doubleday Academic on Mar 06, 2013
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Fabio Geda
In the Sea There Are Crocodiles
Based on the True Story o EnaiatollahAkbari
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NOW IN PAPERBACK
What would you do i, when you wereten, you were let to end or yoursel, and,in order to survive, you had to under-take a harrowing journey all the way romAghanistan to Italy?In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village inAghanistan ell prey to the Taliban. His moth-er, earing or his lie, led him across the border.So began Enaiat’s remarkable and oten pun-ishing ve-year ordeal—trekking across bitterlycold mountains, riding in the suocating alsebottom o a truck, steering an infatable rat inviolent waters—through Iran, Turkey, Pakistan,and Greece, beore he eventually sought politi-cal asylum in Italy, all beore he turned teenyears old.Here Fabio Geda delivers the moving true storyo Enaiat’s extraordinary will to survive and o the accidental brotherhood he ound with theboys he met along the way.
 In the Sea There  Are Crocodiles
brilliantly captures Enaiat’s en-gaging voice and humor, in what is a truly epicstory o hope and survival.
“  Extraordinary. . . .
 A gripping, strangely sweet tale 
. . . . Reading o Akbari’s eortsto nd a better lie—alone and at an age when children in our country can’t even drive  yet—will leave you shaken, but his resilient joyleavens the story.” 
—The Washington Post 
ANCHOR | 978-0-307-74382-4 | 224 PAGES | $14.95
EXAM PRICE $3.00
SELECTED BY: Brookhaven College
“  Every so oten a book comes along that is anabsolute git to the world. This is one such book.” 
—Laura Fitzgerald, author of 
 Dreaming in English
“  It’s
 sobering and heart liting 
to see the stoical determination and achievement o someone whomakes our world look like paradise. This little gem,beautiully and unobtrusively translated, will raise tears o sorrow and joy.” 
—The Independent 
(London)
 VINTAGE | 978-0-307-74255-1 | 304 PAGES | $15.00
EXAM PRICE $3.00
SELECTED BY: University of North Carolina–Wilmington
“  Saslow has a eel or the tender spots in these  people’s stories. . . . The plainspokenness, decencyand human dignity they display leave a lasting impression.” 
—The Washington Post 
Eli Saslow
Ten Letters
The Stories Americans Tell Their President
NOW IN PAPERBACK
Every day, President Obama reads ten represen-tative letters among the thousands he receivesrom citizens across the land. The letters comerom people o all ages, walks o lie, and politi-cal points o view. Some are heartbreaking, someangry, some hopeul.In this inspiring and powerul look at the issuesacing Americans today, reporter Eli Saslow cre-ates vivid portraits o the lives o ten citizens whocorresponded with President Obama. Their let-ters, and the president’s handwritten responses,tell o the personal struggles behind everythingrom health care to immigration to war.One mother writes to express her ears about thewell-being o a son currently deployed in Aghani-stan. A young girl in Kentucky shares her rustra-tions while attending one o the country’s worstschools, and the president relies on her story inhis push or education reorm. What these ten let-ters reveal about the relationship between a presi-dent and the people he governs is deeply aect-ing, and what ultimately emerges rom within thestories is the incredible endurance and optimismo the American people.
“  A
luminous
book. . . . Saslow has ound his wayaround the cynicism and superciality o Wash-ington politics to
 show the proound real-lie connections between the White House and the  people 
.” 
—David Maraniss, author of 
 Barack Obama: The Story
FEATUREDTITLES
FABIO GEDA
is an Italian novelist who works with chil-dren under duress. He writes or several Italian magazinesand newspapers and teaches creative writing at ScuolaHolden, the Italian school o storytelling in Turin. This is his frst book to be translated into English.
ENAIATOLLAH AKBARI
graduated rom high schoolin the spring o 2011 and plans to attend university in Italywhile continuing to support his mother and siblings, who arenow living in Pakistan. He dreams o having the chance toreturn one day to a democratic and peaceul Aghanistan.
    ©     B .    C .    D   a    l   a    i   e    d    i    t   o   r   s
ELI SASLOW
has been a sta writer at
The Washing- ton Post 
since 2004. He covered the 2008 presidentialcampaign, wrote profle stories about Barack Obama andthen chronicled the president’s lie inside the White House.Saslow has won multiple awards or news and eature writ-ing. He lives in Washington with his wie and daughter.
    ©     S    t   e   e    l    B   r   o   o    k   s
For excerpts and a complete list of Freshman Reading adoptions, visit 
www.FreshmanYearReading.com
For excerpts and a complete list of Freshman Reading adoptions, visit 
www.FreshmanYearReading.com
 
For excerpts and a complete list of Freshman Reading adoptions, visit 
www.FreshmanYearReading.com
For excerpts and a complete list of Freshman Reading adoptions, visit 
www.FreshmanYearReading.com
Peggielene Bartels andEleanor Herman
King Peggy
An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny,and the Inspiring Story o How She Changedan Arican Village
NEW
 King Peggy
is the charming real-lie airy tale o anAmerican secretary who discovers she has beenchosen king o an impoverished shing village onGhana’s central coast. In rising to the new chal-lenge o governing 7,000 souls, Peggy is hersel transormed, rom an ordinary secretary to theheart and hope o her community.Upon arriving or her crowning ceremony inbeautiul Otuam, she discovers the dire reality:there’s no running water, no doctor, and no highschool, and many o the village elders are steal-ing the town’s unds. To make matters worse, heruncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper uneral in the royal palace, which is in ru-ins. The longer she waits to bury him, the moreshe risks incurring the wrath o her ancestors. Inthe end, a deeply traditional Arican town hasbeen uplited by the ambitions o its headstrong,decidedly modern emale king.
“ 
 King Peggy
is a
wonderous tale 
o how
awoman rose to great heights
in circumstancesone would never dream o, in a place where most o us cannot imagine living. Compelling and heartwarming, it is a most enjoyable and absorb-ing read.” 
—Deborah Rodriguez, author of 
 Kabul  Beauty School 
“  In the moving story o Peggielene Bartels, all o us can eel a connection to our ancestors, and a reminder o 
the good that can come romcourageously embracing unexpected respon- sibilities
.” 
—Jeffrey Zaslow, author of 
The Girls rom Ames
DOUBLEDAY | 978-0-385-53432-1 | 352 PAGES | $25.95
EXAM PRICE $13.00
WWW.KINGPEGGY.COM
SELECTED BY: Russell Sage College
“ There’s an unlikely new leader in West Arica. . . . Bartels had to quickly and orceully let tribal eldersknow that despite being ar away and emale, she had every intention o taking her position seri-ously—and being taken seriously in turn.” 
—NPR 
 VINTAGE | 978-0-307-27918-7 | 304 PAGES | $15.95
EXAM PRICE $3.00
WWW.CHRISMCDOUGALL.COM
SELECTED BY: Appalachian State University
“ 
  Born to Run
is a
 ascinating 
and 
inspiring 
true adventure story, based on humans pushing themselves to the limits. A brilliantly writtenaccount o extraordinary endurance, ar romhome. . . .
 It’s destined to become a classic 
.” 
—Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author of 
 Mad, Bad and  Dangerous To Know
Christopher McDougall
Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and theGreatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, theblissul Tarahumara Indians have honed the abil-ity to run hundreds o miles without rest or injury.In this riveting narrative, award-winning journalistand oten-injured runner Christopher McDougallsets out to discover their secrets and man’s historyas runner—rom prehistoric persistence huntingto modern day ultra-marathons. In the process, hetakes his readers rom science labs at Harvard tosun-baked valleys and reezing peaks across NorthAmerica, where ever-growing numbers o ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and,nally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyonsthat pits America’s best ultra-runners against thetribe.
“ 
Compelling 
. . . .
Entertaining 
. . . . [McDougall] uses an extended portrait o one o the world’sleast-known cultures, the Tarahumara Indianso Mexico’s Copper Canyons, to put modern American running under an exacting magniying  glass.” 
—San Francisco Chronicle 
“  McDougall recounts his quest to understand near  superhuman ultra-runners with adrenaline  pumped writing, humor and a distinct voice.. . . [H]e never lets go rom his impassioned mantrathat humans were born to run.” 
—NPR 
“ The book is
wonderul 
.
 
 It’s unny, insightul,captivating, and a great and beautiul discov-ery.
There are lessons here that translate torealms beyond running 
.
 
The book inspiresanyone who seeks to live more ully.” 
—Lynne Cox, author of 
 Swimming to Antarctica
CONTACT RANDOM HOUSESPEAKERS BUREAU FOR CAMPUSVISITWWW.RHSPEAKERS.COM
CHRISTOPHER McDOUGALL
is a ormer war corre-spondent or the Associated Press and is now a contribut-ing editor or
Men’s Health.
A three-time National MagazineAward fnalist, he has written or
Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside 
and
Men’s Journal.
He does hisown running among the Amish arms around his home inrural Pennsylvania.
    ©     M    i   c    h   a   e    l    L    i   o   n   s    t   a   r
 
Paperback Available February 2013
PEGGIELENE BARTELS
was born in Ghana in 1953and moved to Washington, D.C., in her early twenties to workat Ghana’s embassy. In 2008, she was chosen to be king oOtuam, a Ghanaian village. She lives in Silver Spring, Mary-land, still works at the embassy, and spends several weekseach year in Ghana.
ELEANOR HERMAN
is the author o three books o wom-en’s history
.
Her profle o Peggy was a cover story or
The Washington Post Magazine.
She lives in McLean, Virginia.
    ©     D   e    b   o   r   a    h    F   e    i   n   g   o    l    d
CONTACT RANDOM HOUSESPEAKERS BUREAU FOR CAMPUSVISITWWW.RHSPEAKERS.COM

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