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Common Reading 2013

Parents are invited to join first-year students this fall in reading the common books assigned in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

Image of The Latehomecomer book cover. 

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) asked students to read Kao Kalia Yang's The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. In the book, Yang recounts her family's escape from Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and their journey to St. Paul, Minnesota. The Latehomecomer pays tribute to the woman at the heart of Yang's family—her grandmother—and illuminates the transition to life in American and the family's establishment of a new home. Yang will be at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on Tuesday evening, 7 p.m., October 29, to speak with CEHD students and the larger community about the book and related topics. Yang's book is also the Minneapolis Institute of Arts November selection for its monthly book tours. Docents will lead groups of first-year students on guided tours of selected pieces in the MIA collection that address themes in Yang's memoir.  

Image of The Round House book cover. 

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) selected The Round House by Louise Erdrich, the story of a young man, Joe, whose life is disrupted by a horrible crime that profoundly changes his life. In this book, Erdrich invites readers into the world of the Turtle Mountain Ojibwe and challenges readers to examine their own thoughts about family and community and to reflect on the nature of justice. Erdrich lives in Minneapolis and owns Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore near Lake of the Isles.