When the incoming class of freshmen moves onto campus this fall, UNC’s newest students will be leaving one home for another — in more ways than one.
The 2013 Carolina Summer Reading Program has selected “Home” by Toni Morrison, after receiving more than 500 book nominations.
“The main criterion that I urged our committee to consider in making its final choice was the artistic literary quality of the book,” said Christopher Putney, committee chairman.
Books of the past
The Carolina Summer Reading Program began in 1999 and has featured books such as the following selections:
“Picking Cotton” by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton
“Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer
“The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr
He said “Home” best fits this standard.
The book follows a young man who joins the army as a means of escape from his disadvantaged life, and his struggle to find purpose in life when he reluctantly returns home.