Lots of colleges have these reading programs; some are just for freshmen, and for others, the entire campus or local community joins in. The idea is that books will stir discussion — and unite a class or campus around a topic.
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The sun sets over a stretch of the skyline in Mumbai, India, where writer Anand Giridharadas worked as a management consultant after he graduated from college. "I grew up with only a faint idea that another country was also somehow mine," Giridharadas writes of his upbringing in America. "My notion of it was never based on India's history or traditions, its long civilizational parade; it was a first-generation idea of a place in our shared past, nostalgically shared but blessedly past."