Common Summer Reading 2011
Journey traces the odyssey of a 17 year-old Honduran boy’s quest to find
Armed with only a
North Carolina telephone number written on a slip of paper, Enrique sets off on
a treacherous trip, huddled atop the Trains of Death.
Covering more than 1,600 miles, through South and Central America and
Mexico into the United States, he must avoid bandits, gangs, and rapists.
He is undeterred even after being captured multiple times by immigration
officials, beaten by thugs, and sent back to Honduras.
It will take Enrique seven
attempts and eleven years to be reunited with his mother.
As part of the Common Reading Program ,
you will be receiving a gift
from JU, your own copy of Enrique’s Journey
to read, reflect upon, and consider over the summer.
We want you to prepare for your August Welcome Week where discussions
will take place all over campus. Integrating the 2011
theme,"Crossing borders" , these
discussions will carry over into the fall semester in your classes, through
films, in discussions, and with speakers.
As a highlight of this year’s Common Reading Program,
Jacksonville University proudly presents the Pulitzer Prize- winning author of
Enrique’s Journey, Sonia Nazario, to talk about her book on Tuesday,
Your book will be coming later this summer. WATCH FOR IT!
You will want to be ready to join
with your new University friends and professors for Welcome
Week and classroom discussions throughout your first year of
Come prepared to be part of the Jacksonville University Community of
You also are invited to explore the websites below to learn more
about Enrique’s Journey.