Past Books and Topics

The social themes addressed each year are often sensitive and critical in today's world. The professors who adopt the text each year provide safe, respectful and reflective academic opportunities to discuss these issues, as well as opportunities to participate in community service learning relevant to the topic. For example, during the "Soft Spots: A Marine's Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" learning community, hundreds of FSCJ students volunteered for the Wounded Warrior Project and packed transitional care packets for soldiers en route to medical care. See below for past books and topics.

2021 – “Taking Flight" by Michael DePrince
Topic: Equity in the Arts

2020 – "Craig & Fred, a Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other" by Craig Grossi
Topic: Resiliency, Optimism and Interpersonal Communications

2019 – "Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine" by Dr. Damon Tweedy
Topic: Race and Medicine

2018 – “The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover’s Adventures” by Josh Hanagarne
Topic: Tourette Syndrome

2017 – “Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism” by Temple Grandin
Topic: Autism Awareness

2016 – "The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return" by Kenan Trebincevic
Topic: Human Rights and Refugees

2015 – "Hero of the Underground" by Jason Peter and Tony O’Neill
Topic: Substance Abuse Awareness

2014 – "Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Justice & Redemption" by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton and Erin Torneo
Topic: Racial Profiling

2013 – "KaBoom! One Man Built a Movement to Save Play" by Darell Hammond
Topic: Children's Health and Fitness

2012 – "Soft Spots: A Marine's Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" by Clint Van Winkle
Topic: PTSD Awareness

2011 – "No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process" by Colin Beavan
Topic: Environment and Sustainability

2010 – "Welfare Brat" by Mary Childers
Topic: Poverty in America

2009 – "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah
Topic: Child Soldiers