Rhodes Reads

RHODES READS: Summer 2017

Please join the Class of 2021 as we read together this summer

Before the start of the fall semester, all incoming students need to read Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine. The author will be speaking at Rhodes on September 25. This book will also be used during Welcome Week, and during the First Year Seminar. 

Rankine’s Citizen “is an especially vital book for this moment in time. . . . The realization at the end of this book sits heavily upon the heart: 'This is how you are a citizen,' Rankine writes. 'Come on. Let it go. Move on.' As Rankine's brilliant, disabusing work, always aware of its ironies, reminds us, 'moving on' is not synonymous with 'leaving behind.'” ―The New Yorker


All incoming students need to also read The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony With Your Brain, by Terry Doyle and Dr. Todd Zakrajsek.


We are also asking all interested students to join us in reading and discussing Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. The author will be coming to campus on September 12 to discuss his book!

"The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader's mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night. It seems poised to become a classic." 
USA Today

All 3 books will be available for purchase during the Open Rhodes sessions in June from the Rhodes College Bookstore.