Each year, Bucknell selects a common reading for the incoming class. New students discuss the book with each other, faculty members and staff at New Student Orientation.

Recent Selections

First-year Common Reading

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Tense and possibly American, you encounter a bearded stranger at a cafe in Lahore. His name is Changez. He left behind a high-flying career and love affair in New York. And night has begun to fall.

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First-year Common Reading

William Powers

Hamlet's BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers.

The Class of 2017 was asked to reflect on how their digital lives affect and interact with their actual lives.

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First-year Common Reading

Bucknell University selected The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot as the first-year common reading for the Class of 2016. Students were invited to submit a 1,000 word essay in response to the book.

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