Lit Bits - Books In Common
Great Common Reads Choices!  
Based on our experience and the feedback we get from hundreds of Common Reads event planners, certain titles simply have all the "it" factors needed to create the perfect Common Reads book. If you're looking for a Community Reads, All Campus, or First Year Experience selection, consider these award-winning authors. They deliver powerful and engaging presentations that keep audiences riveted with plenty of teachable moments and thought-provoking discussions. Create enriching programming by inviting an author who will bring readers together to discuss and debate these timely topics. 
The Soul of an Octopus
by Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery's new book is a National Book Award finalist. The Soul of an Octopus explores the oceanic world of the octopus, and so much more. It touches on cross-cultural & species communication, empathy, and challenges our understanding of conscious-ness itself. Described as "equal parts poet and scientist" by the New York Times, Sy engages all ages with tales of adventure and a call to action.
A Deadly Wandering 
by Matt Richtel

Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, speaks about the addictive nature of interactive technology, using accessible neuroscience and entertaining anecdotes to help audiences learn how not to be enslaved by technology's power. In a compelling narrative, A Deadly Wandering tells the story of college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. 

One Amazing Thing 
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Divakarunia NYT-bestselling author and teacher, is a dynamic speaker who connects wonderfully with audiences. Her novel, One Amazing Thing, tells the story of nine people trapped in a building after an earthquake. As they wait to be rescued -- or to die -- they share stories, each recalling "one amazing thing." Programming oppor-tunities abound to facilitate the sharing of stories and to engage in conversation. 

Rez LIfe
by David Treuer
David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian who grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. His funny and captivating work, Rez Life, takes readers on an intimate journey through a history of reservations --- as well as U.S. history, politics, and commerce --- moving beyond stereotypes to offer a full view of Native American identity and life "on the rez." A great choice for Native American Heritage Month! 

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