11 December 2019 Blogs, Academic, Community College, Librarian, Faculty, Student/Researcher

7 Essential Reads for First-Year University Students

From poignant memoirs to award-winning fiction, Simon & Schuster recommends these ebooks for college freshmen.

From poignant memoirs to award-winning fiction, Simon & Schuster recommends these ebooks for college freshmen.

Technology. Race relations. Immigration. Violence. LGBT politics.

To help first-year college and university students understand, interpret and discuss the most important and complicated issues of our time, renowned publisher Simon & Schuster has created a Freshman Year Reading List full of poignant reads for first-year college and university students.

Whether your social sciences faculty are looking for deeply engaging non-fiction and fiction books to assign as part of first-year courses – or your students are looking for engaging titles for research and reading – you can point them to the list below.   

And now, you can get the full catalog of Simon & Schuster fiction and non-fiction ebooks on Ebook Central, from these titles to the publisher’s entire collection of 40,000.

Freshman Year Reading Recommendations from Simon & Schuster – Now on Ebook Central

Surpassing Certainty : What My Twenties Taught Me – Fueled by her dreams and an inimitable drive, Janet Mock makes her way through New York City intent on building a career in the highly competitive world of magazine publishing within the unique context of being trans, a woman, and a person of color.     
IGen: The 10 Trends Shaping Today's Young People-And the Nation – Written by Generation Me author Jean Twenge, iGen is crucial reading to understand how the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation.
Heavy: An American Memoir – Genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Distance Between Us: A Memoir – When her parents make the dangerous and illegal trek across the Mexican border in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna Grande and her siblings are forced to live with their stern grandmother as they wait for their parents to build the foundation of a new life. But when things don't go quite as planned, Reyna finds herself preparing for her own journey to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years: her long-absent father.
All American Boys – In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens – one black, one white – grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures – Actress and political activist America Ferrera has always felt wholly American, and yet, her identity is inextricably linked to her parents' homeland and Honduran culture. Now, in American Like Me, America invites thirty-one of her friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories about life between cultures.
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion – For twenty years, Father Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles – also known as the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he has distilled his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.  

Give your first-year students access to essential Freshman Reading List titles from Simon & Schuster.

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