First Year Common Reader

  • The First Year Common Reader book is the first academic assignment for incoming students at Carlow University. You will receive a copy of the book with your orientation package along with support materials. You will need to read this book before arriving on campus in August so you can join in the conversation about diversity and immigration issues in the United States and beyond.
    2014 Common Reader Enrique's Journey

    About Enrique's Journey

    In this captivating story, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to find his mother in the United States. Eleven years after his mother is forced to leaver her starving family to find work, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, and with little more in his pocket than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s North Carolina telephone number. But Enrique pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, and hope – and the kindness of strangers.

    On Friday, August 22nd, 2014, from 1-3pm, we will discussing Enrique’s Journey in various break-out sessions, so be sure to read the book and answer the questions in the reading guide you received in the mailed orientation package before orientation begins. 

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