One of these three books will become the 2016-2017 common book.
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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is an unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist, offering a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family's Victorian home, funeral home director, high-­‐school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. Apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-­‐owned"fun home" as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books.

<strong>Fun Home by Alison Bechdel</strong> is an unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist, offering a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family's Victorian home, funeral home director, high-­‐school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. Apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-­‐owned"fun home" as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books.

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Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism by Maajid Nawaz with Tom Bromley chronicles the life of the former high-ranking member of a London-based Islamist group. Nawaz was setting up satellite groups in Pakistan, Denmark, and Egypt when he was rounded up in the aftermath of 9/11 along with many other radical Muslims. After spending five years in an Egyptian prison, he came out completely changed. Convinced that his entire belief system had been wrong, and determined to do something about it, he began a campaign to reverse extremism around the world.

<strong>Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism by Maajid Nawaz with Tom Bromley</strong> chronicles the life of the former high-ranking member of a London-based Islamist group. Nawaz was setting up satellite groups in Pakistan, Denmark, and Egypt when he was rounded up in the aftermath of 9/11 along with many other radical Muslims. After spending five years in an Egyptian prison, he came out completely changed. Convinced that his entire belief system had been wrong, and determined to do something about it, he began a campaign to reverse extremism around the world.

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The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr is the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. Carr describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind”—from     the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—interweaving a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways.

<strong>The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr</strong> is the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. Carr describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind”—from     the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—interweaving a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways.

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* 4. Which of the below books do you recommend that the Open Books - Open Minds committee selects for the 2016-2017 common reading program?

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