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Fresh Reads

Fresh Reads, CBU’s first-year summer reading program, was started in the summer of 2011 in order to give new students a common academic experience! 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. 

The Fresh Reads program committee selects a book that is engaging and thought provoking. In turn, new freshmen are invited to read the book, consider the issues it raises and respond to it with an essay. 

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.

The 2016 Fresh Reads book is Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Essay Topic for 2016 Fresh Reads Program

After reading Jesmyn Ward's book, Salvage the Bones, write a short essay of 500-600 words considering the difficult choices that Esch has to face in this book. Some are more obvious than others, but consider the influences of her class, family, geography, and gender in her situation. How doe sshe find relief/an escape from the decisions she is forced to make?

For the second part of this essay, consider the way in which you have had to make a difficult decision in your life. What was the decision that you made? How did it affect your life? How did you find relief from it?

Email your essay to freshreads@cbu.edu by your due date.

  • If you attend the June 2-3 or July 7-8 Orientation, your essay is due August 1, 2016
  • If you attend the August 1-2 Orientation, your essay is due August 22, 2016
  • If you attend the August 18-19 Orientation, you will need to purchase your own copy of the book and turn in your essay by August 22, 2016

This essay will be graded, and is required to pass CBU 101 (a general education, orientation course required for graduation from Christian Brothers University).


Previous Fresh Reads Book Titles

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 at kgolight@cbu.edu.