2013

QOF

A Question of Freedom chronicle author Dwayne Betts' years in prison, as he reflects on his crime and how it would or would not define him.  It is a about a quest for identity, one that guarantees a young man's survival in a hostile environment.

 

2012

PS

A Pearl in the Storm, written by Tori Murden McClure, is about failure and recovery. It is about storms that twist our lives and shatter our dreams. It is about the pearls: the guides, the guardians, and the mentors who lift us up after we fall.

 

2011|

Listening is an Act of Love is made up of 2-3 page transcripts selected from more than ten thousand interviews captured by the Story-Corps project. Story-Corps, founded by Dave Isay, is the United States largest oral history project, presenting our nation's history told by the people who lived that history. There is a connection to each and every discipline contained in the stories presented. They are organized into the following themes: Home and family; work and dedication, journeys; history and struggle, and fire and water (The stories of 9/11 and Katrina).

2010

Outcasts United by Warren St. John is a national bestseller chronicles the impromptu social experiment created when a small southern town became a center for refugee relocation and one woman's attempt to change lives through soccer. It has much to teach us about how to live in an age of globalization when our neighbors may not look like or live like we do.


2009



How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else is a memoir by Michael Gates Gill which chronicles his journey from a high-level advertising executive with J. Walter Thompson to a barista at Starbucks.



2008


Three Cups of Tea is one mountaineer's (Greg Mortenson) story on how after trying and failing to climb K2, he came upon a destitute Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Motivated by the people's benevolences, he made a commitment to return and erect a school. Three Cups of Tea is the account of one man fulfilling a promise made to an indigenous people and its remarkable result.


2007



The book selection for 2007 was An Ordinary Man, by Paul Rusesabagina. The Distinguished Lecture Committee brought the author to campus to speak at Convocation and to attend the President's luncheon on Sunday, August 26, 2007. On Saturday, August 25, 2007, Rusesabagina attended a book signing at Linebaugh Library and also spoke to community book clubs who were reading the book. Ruesesabagina also attended one of MTSU's classes.



2006

The book selection for 2006 was Fat Land , by Greg Critser. The Distinguished Lecture Committee brought the author to campus to speak at Convocation and to attend the President's luncheon on Sunday, August 27, 2006. On Saturday, August 26, 2006, Critser attended a book signing at Linebaugh Library and also spoke to community book clubs who were reading the book. Critser also visited one of MTSU's classes to discuss how our society's eating habits have changed.

 

2005

The book chosen for 2005 was Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston. The Distinguished Lecture Committee brought the author to campus to speak at Convocation and attend the President's luncheon on Sunday, August 28, 2005.

 

2004

The book of choice for 2004 was Naked in Baghdad , written by a National Public Radio's senior foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels. The Distinguished Lecture Committee once again brought the author to campus to speak at Convocation on Sunday, August 29, 2004.

 

2003

The book selection for 2003 was All Over but the Shoutin' , written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Rick Bragg. The Distinguished Lecture Committee brought the author to campus to speak at the University Convocation on August 17, 2003.

 

2002

The book selection for 2002 was The Color of Water written by James McBride.