Summer Reading | FYS

Over the summer, each First-Year Seminar student is asked to read a text chosen by the FYS faculty the previous spring. We will mail the books to students free of charge; there is no need to purchase the book on your own. They are also yours to keep! The books are sent through the mail over the summer, so be on the lookout for a package from Pacific University!

cover image of book "Between the World and Me"

While the books vary greatly in theme, genre and style from year to year, they all aim to engage students with literature that challenges their world views and introduces them to college level reading and ideas.

Fall 2019 Reading

What does it mean to belong? To a place, a community, to the past, to the future? What does home mean to us, and how is it formed by who we were and who we are? This year’s summer reading is Cristina Henriquez’s novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, a story that follows eleven different characters living in the same apartment complex having recently immigrated to America.

We are excited to have this book jumpstart discussions on campus for Fall 2019!