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2014 Freshman Common Reader

Contributed by: Melinda Messineo
Published: Saturday, 29 March 2014 10:00 AM
The First Year Experience Committee is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Freshman Common Reader

"The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates"
by Wes Moore

The author will be presenting in Emens on September 16th at 7:30pm

"The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his."

Summary: Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.