Common Reading

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Missed Opportunities in College Common Reading: A Response to Brendan Boyle

Sep 27, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Ashley Thorne replies to a professor of classics at UNC-Chapel Hill who wishes for more fiction in college summer reading assignments.

Beach Books: 2011-2012

Sep 12, 2011 Ashley Thorne |

A report on the books assigned in 2011–2012 as "common reading."

Treasure Abandoned: College Common Reading Programs Continue to Miss the Best Books

Jul 15, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

An English professor's sense of the inadequacy of This I Believe as the choice for freshman summer reading echoes NAS's calls for more rigor in common book programs.

Campus Favorite Greg Mortenson, Writing Lies?

Apr 26, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

A recent journalistic investigation of a popular author, whose non-fiction books are often chosen as college "common reading," raised numerous questions as to his credibility.

‘Diversity: The Invention of a Concept’ Makes ‘Dissenting Book’…

Nov 08, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

The David Horowitz Freedom Center has listed NAS President Peter Wood's book Diversity: The Invention of a Concept in its inventory of "150+ Books You Should Be Reading In Class, But Probably Aren't." Diversity…

Beyond Beach Books

Sep 30, 2010 by Peter Wood |

What's next for campus common reading programs?

Huffington Post Article on NAS’s Recommended Books

Sep 29, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Our book list is featured in a HuffPo slideshow.

Back from the Beach: Common Reading on the Rise at Top Colleges

Sep 28, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Last week NAS released a new list of books colleges assign as common reading. It includes over 100 additions and updates to the original ("Beach Books"), making it the most comprehensive and current resource on…

Back from the Beach: 100 New Books

Sep 24, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS's updated database is the most reliable and current resource on American college common reading.

New Series on Common Reading at

Sep 21, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

To make it easier for our readers to find our work on college common reading, we created a new article series on the NAS website, You can find these articles by going to the…

CUNY Affiliate Urges Common Reading Transparency

Sep 20, 2010 by Dorothy Lang |

The CUNY Association of Scholars gives Brooklyn College three recommendations for improving its freshman book assignment.

Better Books for Next Year’s Beaches

Sep 17, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Remember the Beach Books report on common reading programs? It showed that U.S. colleges and universities are generally picking lightweight, politically biased books as yearlong "theme" books for students. This morning NAS released…

Read These Instead: Better Books for Next Year’s Beaches

Sep 17, 2010 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

NAS's picks for college common reading programs.

Common Reading Controversy at Brooklyn College

Aug 27, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Is Brooklyn College using freshman reading for ideological goals?

Another Fox News Segment on NAS Freshman Summer Reading Study

Jul 01, 2010 by |

Steve Doocy and Tucker Carlson discuss NAS's "Beach Books" study on Fox and Friends (VIDEO).

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