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Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Summer Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.
This years selection is American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. Hayat Shah is a young Pakistani-American who wrestles with his religious identity, tumultuous feelings for his mother's friend, Mina, that he can't explain, and his own sense of himself in Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish. In many ways, the story is as much Mina's and her mystical embrace of Islam as it is a coming of age story of Hayat.
For information on this year's selection, and for related library resources, see the Library Guide to the Summer Reading Program. The author will be on campus September 10 and 11, 2013: See the list of events.