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UC Common Read

About The Common Read

Each summer new UC students, along with their teachers and mentors, read a book that prompts thoughtful discussion about matters of importance for the Bearcat community.

We seek to address questions like: What should we study? How do we become more effective learners, researchers, artists, and problem-solvers? What are our opportunities and responsibilities to help make UC, and the world, a better place as we pledge to do through the Bearcat Bond and Principles for a Just Community? This year’s Common Read selection allows us to address these questions and more as we explore the complex relationship between the human experience— especially the workings of our brains—and technology. 

About A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel

On the last day of summer, an ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving along a majestic stretch of highway bordering the Rocky Mountains. A Deadly Wandering follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the state’s groundbreaking prosecution, and ultimately, Reggie’s wrenching admission of responsibility. Richtel parallels Reggie’s jour-ney with leading-edge scientific findings on the impact technology has on our brains, showing how these devices play to our deepest social instincts. A propulsive read filled with surpris-ing scientific detail, riveting narrative tension, and rare emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering is a book that can change—and save—lives.

A Deadly Wandering

A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel is our 2016-2017 Common Read