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What the Class of 2022 is Reading this Summer

 

 

Each summer on this blog I’ve looked at the books assigned to incoming college Freshmen.  (At these links you can read the lists for the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020). This year’s top selection is Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, but a news story claims this is the year of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which turns 200 this year.

 

Here are the books assigned to the in-coming class of 2022:

 

Freshman Summer Reading Class of 2022
Title Author University
The Laramie Project Moisés Kaufman Appalachian State U
Dead Man Walking Sister Helen Prejean Arcadia College (Pennsylvania)
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates Augsutana College
Real American: A Memoir Julie Lythcott-Haims Bates
How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs. Alan Jacobs Baylor (Honors)
Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work by Dave Isay Berry College (Georgia)
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Matthew Desmond Brown
Antigonick Anne Carson Bucknell
All They Will Call You Tim Hernandes Butte College
Becoming Nicole: Transformation… Amy Ellis Nutt Cal State, Northridge
All They Will Call You Tim Hernandes California State U Chico
Frankenstein Mary Shelley Claremont McKenna
Frankenstein Mary Shelley Colorado College
The Power Naomi Alderman Concordia College (Minnesota)
Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward Duke
The Last Ballad Wiley Cash East Carolina U
Something Must be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, A Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle Kristen Green Elon U
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson Goucher College
The Good Food Revolution Will Allen Gustavus Adolphus College
Frankenstein Mary Shelley Hiriam College
Becoming Nicole: Transformation… Amy Ellis Nutt Illinois Wesleyan U
The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women … Jo Ann Robinson Johns Hopkins
Make Your Home Among Strangers Jennine Capó Crucet Kalamazoo College
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson Kelley School of Business Indiana U
Everyday Ambassador: Make a Difference … Kate Otto Kent State
No Apparent Distress Rachel Pearson Lehigh
No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming of Age Rachel Pearson Lehigh U
Odyssey (new translation by Emily Wilson) Homer Luther College (Iowa)
Boy, Snow, Bird Helen Oyeyemi Medaille College (Buffalo, NY)
Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work by Dave Isay Meredith College (North Carolina)
Tigerland Wil Haygood Miami University (Ohio)
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson Middle Tennessee State U
$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer North Carolina State U
Born a Crime Trevor Noah Northlake College
Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech Keith Whittington Princeton
Born a Crime Trevor Noah Providence College
The Leavers Lisa Ko Ramapo College (New Jersey)
Frankenstein [Graphic Novel] Mary Shelley Sienna
We Are Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler Smith
Hamilton: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Lin-Manuel Miranda St. Michael’s College
Spare Parts Joshua Davis Stevens Institute of Technology
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson SUNY Oneonta
Ready Player One. Ernest Cline TCU Texas Christian U
The Prince of Los Cocuyos Richard Blanco Trinity U (San Antonio, TX)
Beartown Fredrik Backman Tulane
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood U Houston (Downtown)
This I Believe: Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women Jay Allison (ed) U Louisiana, Monroe
Lab Girl Hope Jahren U Mass Amherst
Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in … Mitch Prinstein U North Carolina
Between the World & Me Ta-Neishi Coates U Vermont (Honors)
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson U. South Alabama
When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanith Vanderbilt
We Should All Be Feminists  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wagner College
Soonish Kelly and Zach Weinersmith. Washington State
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie. Washington U (St. Louis)
Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel West Virginia U (Year’s read–not summer)
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes Dan Egan Wisconsin (Madison)

7 thoughts on “What the Class of 2022 is Reading this Summer

    1. Sadly, the Honors folks weren’t clamoring to get me! I read more James Bond, JohnO’Hara and other stuff. WOW! Some amazing books on her list! Pilgrim at Tinker Creek was amazing! [I’m out of adjectives today). Garden of the Beasts is one of those that makes you say “How did we let this….” I never expected to see James Herriot–that’s a wonderful surprise. I’ve read so many of this list!

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    1. I love doing this every year because it IS interesting. I’d have to look back at my goodreads to see if I’ve read any after compiling the lists–I’m honestly not sure. I did read Frankenstein recently when it first started getting buzz about the 200 year anniversary approaching. And I read Hillbilly Elegy

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  1. What a great idea! I have no college freshmen this year, but I always enjoy seeing what books the students are required to read. I know some of these books, but most of them I haven’t read. Maybe I need to go back to college!

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