Common Reading Experience

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez has been selected as UNC Charlotte’s Common Reading Experience text for Fall 2017.  The book tells the story of a boy and girl who fall in love, their families’ hopes as immigrants in America, and the community of men and women from all over Central and Latin America that surrounds them in their apartment building in Delaware. The Common Reading selection committee, chaired by Dr. Gregory Weeks, invites you to engage with this novel’s rich, resonant account of what it means to be “American.”  Books are available in the campus bookstore

The Common Reading Experience at UNC Charlotte is designed to provide a shared academic experience to assist first-year students in their transition to UNC Charlotte. This program offers unique opportunities for self-reflection, critical thinking, student interaction, and understanding of diverse perspectives. Adoption of the common reading is especially encouraged in first year seminars, first year writing, and general education courses, though any faculty interested in using the text in their teaching is welcome.                               

Note to Faculty:  If you are interested in considering this text for adoption in your Fall 20172015 courses, please contact Carla Eastis at so we can send you a review copy of the book and include you on announcements related to our instructors workshop, the author visit, and other campus events of the Common Reading 


Former Common Reading Experience Selections