2013-14 Common Reading Book is "Being Wrong" by Kathryn Schulz
The WSU Common Reading Program announces that the book selected for 2013-14 is “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error,” by journalist Kathryn Schulz.
“We are quite pleased that President Floyd chose ‘Being Wrong’ as the next common reading for our students,” says Susan Poch, co-director of the Common Reading Program and head of the selection committee, and associate dean of the University College. “It is a most interesting inquiry into the multitude of subjects surrounding human errors and our perceptions of them.
“Our selection committee this year studied 30-plus books nominated by the WSU community and ultimately had a field of three finalists. Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick M. Bayly, who typically makes the final selection, was on leave at the time, so our president chose the book. We commend the nominators, the committee, and President Floyd for their efforts on behalf of our students.” More>>
What is a "common reading?" Topics from a single, carefully selected book for freshmen are featured in first-year classes in disciplines across the university. The topics also lend themselves to presentations in the lecture series, and to discussions between students and faculty within and beyond classrooms.
This year's non-fiction book touches on medicine, business, cancer, race, gender, ethics, class, and poverty, to name just a few topics.
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" is the bestselling first book by science writer Rebecca Skloot. It earned several prestigious awards in 2010, the year it was published by Crown Books.
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