The Common Book Project

The Common Book reading brings together the WSU community of readers in the discussion of a single work.

Each academic year a new Common Book is selected and incorporated into the curriculum of numerous courses, including sections of English 111, College Reading and Writing, and may be adopted by any faculty interested in the issues it raises. Public readings, lectures, discussions and other related events scheduled concurrently with each author's visit to WSU.

In the initial years of the project, over 10,000 members of the WSU community joined in reading the common books: 

  • Gene Luen Yang's, American Born Chinese
  • Tracie McMillan's, The American Way of Eating:  Undercover at Wal-Mart, Applebee's Farm fields, and the Dinner Table
  • Barry Estabrook's, Tomatoland
  • Michael Kimmel's, Guyland
  • Cheri Register's; Packinghouse Daughter
  • Heather Rogers’, Gone Tomorrow 
  • Kalia Yang's, The Latehomecomer
  • Bob Morris's, The Blue Death
  • Ruth Ozeki's, My Year of Meats
  • Kent Nerburn's, Neither Wolf Nor Dog
  • Fan Shen's, Gang of One

A packet of teaching and contextual materials will be available to prospective adopters.

For more information about the project or contextual materials, email Ann-Marie Dunbar at