Morrison Novel Home Picked for Summer Reading

Home, the latest novel by Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, will be the 2013 summer reading book for incoming students at Carolina.

A nine-member selection committee of students, faculty and staff selected the book from five finalists. Students on the committee described Home, published in 2012, as an inspiration to first-year students in their academic, personal and social lives as they leave their homes to come to Carolina.

New students who enroll this fall are expected and encouraged to read the book this summer and participate in small group discussions on the Monday before classes start in the fall. The program, now in its 15th year, aims to stimulate critical thinking outside the classroom and give new students intellectual common ground. An academic icebreaker, it encourages students to engage with the scholarly community and come to their own conclusions about the material.

Home is the story of a man who joins the Army to escape his too-small world, leaving behind his cherished and fragile little sister, Cee. After the war, his shattered life has no purpose until he hears that Cee is in danger.

This year’s other finalists were Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward and The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. The committee considered fiction and nonfiction.

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