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Fresh Reads

Fresh Reads is CBU’s first-year summer reading program and is a part of the Memphis community common reading program, Memphis Reads. The program gives new students a common academic experience and connects them with the campus community, as well as the Memphis community. First year students, upperclassmen, and faculty members read the same book and have numerous opportunities to discuss it throughout the school year at various First Year Experience events. 

A book is selected each year that is engaging and thought provoking. In turn, freshmen are invited to read the book, consider the issues it raises, and respond to it with an essay. The top ten winners of the essay contest will be featured during Welcome Weekend and at the writer's talk.

As you arrive at CBU and embark on a new chapter of your life as a college student, we hope that your Fresh Reads book will move you to think about your life so far and the lives of those around you, motivating you to change, serve, respond, and consider. You will receive a free copy of the book when you arrive on campus for Orientation. If you would like to get started on your book before Orientation, you can purchase the book on your own, borrow it from your local library, or feel free to stop by Academic Services in Barry Hall 37 this summer for your copy. 

The 2019 Fresh Reads book is
Memphis: 200 Years Together
All incoming freshmen are required to write an essay as part of their Fresh Reads activities. Click here for the 2019 essay prompt.

Previous Fresh Reads Book Titles:

2018: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

2017: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2016: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

2015: What is the What by Dave Eggers

2014: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu 

2013: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

2012: The Noticer by Andy Andrews

2011: The Soloist by Steve Lopez 

For more information on CBU's Fresh Reads Program and this year's book selection, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Karen Golightly.

Dr. Karen B. Golightly

Associate Professor, Chair

Literature & Languages