SHSU Common Reading Program

SHSU Common Reading Program

Enrique grew up in Honduras - Original artwork by Dane Classen

To get to his mother, Enrique rides the "Train of Death" - Original artwork by Dane Classen

The journey is tough and often Enrique must go it alone - Original artwork by Dane Classen

Enrique's Journey

2015-2016 Book Selection

Official Book Website


Enrique's Journey

Sonia Nazario

Read More about the Author


About Enrique's Journey

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. More than a platform on unaccompanied children immigrating to the U.S., Enrique’s Journey encourages global awareness and provides students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about survival, family, home, love, diversity, perseverance, loss, and hope.

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. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.” 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.