Looking For Your Next Great Read?

There’s no better time to pick up a new book!

Check out what’s on our reading list right now for Fall 2020, and find even more suggestions at the Alumni Association’s Goodreads. Plus, join us for the Alumni Book Club for monthly reads and discussions or register for our newest virtual events, a series featuring alumni and faculty authors events.

Cover of American DreamerAmerican Dreamer: How I Escaped Communist Vietnam and Built a Successful Life in America

By Tim Tran ‘74

Published through Pacific University, American Dreamer is the memoir of Pacific alumnus and trustee Khiem “Tim” Tran ‘74, tracing his path from rural Vietnam to his escape to America and his rise as CFO of a multi-billion-dollar company. Tran will be the guest author at Pacific’s first alumni and faculty author event, a virtual gathering on Nov. 14.


Cover of Leaving the BoysLeaving the Boys: A Story of Motherhood and Career, Feminism and Romance

By Mindy Cameron ‘65

Alumna Mindy Cameron ’65 made her name as a journalist in the Northwest. Now, she tells the rest of the story. After retirement and a seven-year stint as chair of the Pacific University Board of Trustees, she returned to Pacific as a student in the MFA in Writing Program. The result is this captivating memoir illuminating the tension between motherhood, desire, and regret. Cameron will be the guest author at Pacific’s second alumni and faculty author event, a virtual gathering on Jan. 16.

Cover of Make your Home Among StrangersMake Your Home Among Strangers

By Jennine Capó Crucet

This debut novel focuses on a first-generation college student who struggles with feelings of belonging. Pacific students in First-Year Seminar have read the book over the summer and will discuss it as part of their introductory coursework at Pacific, and it also will be the selected reading for the Alumni Book Club meeting during virtual Homecoming on Oct. 10.

This story appears in the Fall 2020 issue of Pacific magazine. For more stories, visit pacificu.edu/magazine.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2020