All incoming students read the same book over the summer, and the semester begins with a lively gathering with the author, students, faculty, and staff.
Every year Simon’s Rock selects a book that promotes interdisciplinary conversations about the intersection of cultures. The fall 2018 Book One selection for first-year students will be Air Traffic: A Memoir in Essays, by Gregory Pardlo. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Digest, Pardlo's latest work addresses his father's work as an air traffic controller before the Reagan Administration fired all controllers in the 1980s during a labor dispute.
Previous books include The Meaning of Michelle, by Veronica Chambers '87; Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe; Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, by Kwame Anthony Appiah; Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, by Ibtisam Barakat; Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, by Saidiya Hartman; Little Boys Come From the Stars, by Emmanuel Dongala; Sonata Mulaticca, by Rita Dove; The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, Open City by Teju Cole; Monstress: Stories by Lysley Tenorio; Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty, by Vikram Chandra; and Hardly War by Don Mee Choi.