Common Reads: First-Year Experience

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Selected to captivate the minds of readers and inspire participation in engaging group conversations, Harvard University Press’s “Common Reads: First-Year Experience” collection aims to bolster a feeling of community within an assembly of scholars.

Beyond the books highlighted below, we recommend discovering the wisdom of the ancients with the digital Loeb Classical Library, offering our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage—epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; and much more—with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations.

For further recommendations for your classroom or organization, contact or view a list of all books available for online examination.

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Cover: A Shoppers’ Paradise: How the Ladies of Chicago Claimed Power and Pleasure in the New Downtown, by Emily Remus, from Harvard University Press

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As a child in Chicago, Emily Remus was enchanted by the sights and sounds of its downtown. Here she tells how those early experiences influenced her in writing A Shoppers’ Paradise, a book about how women in turn-of-the-century Chicago used their consumer power to challenge male domination of public spaces and stake their own claim to downtown

‘manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin’

The digital Loeb Classical Library (loebclassics.com) extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.