SHSU Common Reading Program

The Book Selection

The overarching goal of the Common Reader Program is to provide a campus-wide common intellectual experience, leading to informed and educated perspectives about complex subjects. To this end, a university-wide committee has selected Enrique’s Journey as a fitting and challenging choice for the SHSU Common Reading Experience. Themes in Enrique’s Journey address timely, relevant, and cross-disciplinary topics affecting our students, specifically students whose future careers will be in Texas.

About Enrique's Journey

Publisher Summary

www.enriquesjourney.com

"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. As Isabel Allende writes: 'This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey.' Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview and more, this is a classic of contemporary America."

Resources for Faculty & Students

Original artwork by Dane Classen