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The 10 best colleges and their students’ summer reading list

Penguin Random House compiled a list of over 440 collegiate summer reading programs for the 2017-2018 academic year.
This book list focuses on how to motivate students as professionals and individuals. Publisher’s Weekly elaborates that “the best way to motivate people — at school, at work, or at home — is to support their sense of autonomy.”


Program: First Readings

Book: “The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories,” by Anthony Marra

Dartmouth College

Program: Common Reading Book

Book: “A Man of the People,” by Chinua Achebe

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Program: MIT Reads

Book: “Americanah,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Northwestern University

Program: One Book, One Northwestern

Book: “A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality,” by Danielle Allen

Olin College of Engineering

Program: Summer Book Program

Book: “Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation,” by Edward L. Deci and Richard Flaste

Pomona College

Program: First-Year Book / Freshman Book

Book: “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Princeton University

Program: Princeton Pre-Read

Book: “What Is Populism?,” by Jan-Werner Müller

Smith College

Program: Smith Reads

Book: “The Book of Unknown Americans,” by Cristina Henríquez

University of California, Berkeley

Program: On the Same Page

Book: “Hamilton,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda (cast album)

Williams College

Program: Williams Reads

Book: “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson

August 22, 2017

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