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2016-2017 New Student Reader

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About the Book

Outcasts United is the story of a team of refugee boys, the remarkable woman who coaches them, and the town where they live, a once-sleepy southern hamlet that has been upended by the process of refugee resettlement.  It's a story about the challenges posed by our quickly changing world, and one that reminds us of what is possible in this country when we put our values in action.

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About the Author

Warren St. John has written for the New York Observer, The New Yorker, Wired and Slate, in addition to his work as a reporter for The New York Times.  His first book, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania (2004), was named one of Sports Illustrated’s best books of the year, and ranked number one on The Chronicle of Higher Education''s list of the best books ever written about collegiate athletics. His second book, Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman''s Quest to Make a Difference was published in the U.S. in April 2009, and subsequently in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan and China.  St. John was born in Birmingham, Alabama, where he attended The Altamont School. He studied English literature at Columbia College in New York City, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

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2016-2017 Book Nominations

Outcasts United Outcasts United
 By Warren St. John

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner
By Khaled Hooseini 
Nominated By:
Aaron Burall
Undergraduate Student
Zach Davis
Undergraduate Student

A Walk in the Woods A Walk in the Woods
By Bill Bryson
Nominated By:
Thomas Cathern
Geography and Geosciences
The History of Love The History of Love
By Nicole Krauss
Nominated By:
John Nieves
English Department
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Behind the Beautiful Forevers
By Katherine Boo
Nominated By:
Sarah Surak
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Department of Environmental Studies
Crashing Through Crashing Through
By Robert Kurson
Nominated By:
Larence Becker
Department of Psychology
Infidel Infidel
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Nominated By:
Maida Finch
Education Specialties
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Extremely Loud and
Incredibly Close
By Jonathan Safran Foer
Nominated By:
Diane Davis
Health Services
Zeitoun Zeitoun
By Eggers
Nominated BY:
Jonathan Colon
Fulton School of Liberal Arts
The Circle The Circle
By Dave Eggers
Nominated By:
Jonathan Colon
Fulton School of Liberal Arts
Garbology Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash
By Edward Humes
Nominated By:
Jonathan Colon
Fulton School of Liberal Arts
Brave New World Brave New World
By Aldous Huxley
Nominated By:
Melissa Boog
Academic Affairs


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