Past books

The UMD community has been reading together since 1993.
Each year, the book is chosen by a committee of University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students representing 10+ disciplines.

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2020

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

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2019

Demagoguery and Democracy by Patricia Roberts-Miller

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2018

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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2017

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Ayadin, and Nate Powell

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2016

Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson

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2015

Head off & Split by Nikky Finney

2014
Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos
2013
The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
2012
The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone
2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2010
Half of the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
2009
What is the What by Dave Eggers
2008
War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
2007
The Ravaging Tide by Mike Tidwell
2006
The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
2005
Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary by Juan Williams
2004
The Stakes: America in the Middle by Shibley Telhami

2003
Dean Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean
2002
The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman
2001
Blessing the Boats by Lucille Clifton
2000
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
1999
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
1998
The Control of Nature by John McPhee
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
1997
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
1996
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan P. Lightman
1995
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
1994
The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
1993
Lincoln on Gettysburg by Gary Willis


FYB Committee

Calvin Burns – Undergraduate Student
James Butler – Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health, School of Public Health
Traci Dula – Associate Director, Honors College
Najib El-Sayed – Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Jessica Enoch – Director of Academic Writing and Professor, Department of English
Carlton Green – Director, Diversity Training & Education, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Virginia Haufler – Director of Global Communities Living-Learning Program and Associate Professor, Department of Government and Politics
Nabila Hijazi – Lecturer, Department of English
Lisa Kiely – Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Ombudsperson
Marilee Lindemann – Executive Director, College Park Scholars
Elisabeth Fost Maring – Director of Global Health Engagement and Associate Clinical Professor, Family Science, School of Public Health
Julie Park – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Korey Rothman – Director, CIVICUS Living and Learning Program
Ann Smith – Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies