Pirate Read: ECU's Common Read Program

Enrique's Journey

 

Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this astonishing story puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Now a beloved classic, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject.

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.  Enrique eventually ends up in North Carolina before moving to Florida.  [Adapted from website]

 

Enrique’s Journey presents key issues that are applicable across disciplines.  Some suggested themes include:

  • Immigration
  • Family dynamics
  • Journalism
  • Law, ethics, and morality
  • Assimilation and acculturation
  • Social Justice
The committee is currently planning activities for 2015-2016.  We are also excited to announce that Sonia Nazario will be on campus in March 2016.


About the Pirate Read

A committee of faculty, staff and students selects the book and coordinates activities with departments within academic and student affairs.

Prior to the start of their first semester at East Carolina University, incoming students are expected to read a common book. The purposes of the summer read program are to:

  • Orient students to the academic community by encouraging intellectual dialogue and critical thinking.
  • Prepare students for the college-level environment.
  • Allow students to share a common reading experience with fellow classmates, faculty, and staff.
  • Enable students and faculty to discuss ideas from the book across the curriculum.

Past Pirate Read Selections

  • 2014 - The Other Wes Moore (Wes Moore)
  • 2013 - It Happened on the Way to War (Rye Barcott)
  • 2012 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
  • 2011 - Picking Cotton (Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo)
  • 2010 - The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (Edited by Dave Eggers)
  • 2009 - Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin)
  • 2008 - My Freshman Year (Rebekah Nathan)

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