President's 2014 Book Selection


Sonia Nazario's powerful book is based on her Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes—one for feature writing and another for feature photography. In it she details the harrowing and astonishing quest of a Honduran boy to find his mother, who was forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. This can't-put-down-story has quickly become an American classic for putting a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States.

"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."
— Isabel Allende, Chilean Journalist and Author

"Stunning...As an adventure narrative alone, Enrique's Journey is a worthy read....Nazario's impressive piece of reporting [turns] the current immigration controversy from a political story into a personal one."
— Entertainment Weekly

Why should you participate

  • To share a common experience with other new students.
  • To enhance your intellectual university experience.
  • To make new friends and network with faculty.
  • This book is a required text for CLSS 1000, CLSS 2050, and ENGH 0890.

All new freshmen for the 2014-2015 academic year will be given a UVU-custom copy of "Enrique's Journey." Books are NOW AVAILABLE for pick-up in the Losee Center, Room 405.

So, pick up your book soon and be ready to make the most of your first year at college! All new freshmen, entering either summer or fall 2014, or spring 2015, should read "Enrique's Journey" this year.


In addition to the primary freshman reading book selection, President Holland selects a classical selection for those students who desire to engage with a more complex text at a higher intellectual level.  The classical selection for 2014-2015 is "Murder at the Cathedral," by T.S. Eliot. This drama, based on the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1170, is one of Eliot's best-known works and helped to cement his reputation as one of the most significant poets of his time.

The classical selection is also incorporated each year into UVU's Honors Program activities and presented in a theatrical production by UVU's theater department.