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Summer Reading Program

   2013 Summer Book Cover   2013 Summer Book Author

Caleb's Crossing is a work of historical fiction inspired by the story of Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard in 1665. The committee selected this book over several close contenders not only because it is a compelling coming-of-age story, but also because Caleb’s Crossing invites thinking and discussion of a range of topics including the challenge of intercultural relationships, the value and cost of education, the evolution of higher education and the liberal arts tradition in America, and the role of women and Native Americans in early America, among others.

Geraldine Brooks is an Australian born author and journalist. Before she began writing fiction, she worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering crises in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, is an international bestseller, and People of the Book, a New York Times bestseller, has been translated into 20 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.

About the First-Year Reading Program: All first-year students will receive a copy of Caleb’s Crossing at SOAR in June. During Viking Venture, students will join their first-year seminar classmates, instructor and mentor to discuss the book over dinner, usually in the instructors’ home.

Recommend a book for 2014: The First-Year Book Selection Committee welcomes suggestions from all members of the Berry community. Please review our selection criteria.

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