Common Read

Common Read 2020-2021


The selection of a new book for the 2020-2021 academic year has been postponed due to the shut down of normal campus operations that resulted from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Common Read 2019-2020

Common Read: CALLINGS, The PURPOSE and PASSION of WORK by Dave Isay

The 2019-2020 Common Read book that the CSU East Bay Common Read team has selected is Callings, by Dave Isay.

From the back cover: In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some found their paths at a young age, other later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. Together they demonstrate how work can be about more than making a living, that chasing dreams can transform a job into a calling.

An essential contribution to the beloved StoryCorps collection, Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.


Past Common Read Titles

Past Common Read Titles and Authors by Year
Year Title Author
2018-19 A Selfish Plan to Change the World Justin Dillon
2017-18 In the Country We Love Diane Guerrero
2016-17 Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant José Ángel Navejas
2015-16 On the Run Alice Goffman
2014-15 She's Not There Jennifer Finley Boylan
2013-14 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
2012-13 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
2011-12 Live from Fresno y Los Stephen D. Gutierrez
2009-10 Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Barack Obama
2008-9 Paper Daughter M. Elaine Mar
2007-8 Not a Genuine Black Man Brian Copeland
2006-7 Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
2005-6 A Lesson Before Dying Earnest J. Gaines
2004-5 Hunger of Memory Richard Rodriguez