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Common Read

Please note: The Common Read Program was last offered in the 2017-2018 academic year.  The information below describes the last source book.  This webpage is being retained for reference purposes. 


UC Merced's Common Read Program is designed to enhance the campus's already strong sense of community, as well as to provide an introduction to academic life. This book, in whole or part, is required reading in general education and writing courses (Core 1, Writing 10) and recommended reading in other first-year classes. It will be the subject of university-wide events, including a film series, faculty symposium and guest lectures. We encourage you to share the book with your family and friends, and seek opportunities to discuss the text outside of class. Most of all, we hope you enjoy reading the book and making it a part of scholarly inquiry at UC Merced.

The current selection for the Common Read Project for AY 2017-2018 is William Bryant Logan's Air.  Here is the cover image. 

About the Author:

Author William Bryant Logan is a certified arborist and president of Urban Arborists, a Brooklyn- based tree company. Logan has won numerous Quill and Trowel Awards from the Garden Writers of America and won a 2012 Senior Scholar Award from the New York State chapter of the International Society of Arborists. He also won an NEH grant to translate Calderon de la Barca. He is on the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden and is the author of Oak and Dirt—the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. He lives in New York City.

(From his personal website,

UC Merced Common Read Program Staff

Tom Hothem
Associate Director, Merritt Writing Program Coordinator, UCM Common Read
(209) 217-7247