The Common Reading Program book for the Class of 2020 and transfer students entering in Fall 2016 is Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, by Roberto G. Gonzales.

About the Book

Over two million of the nation’s eleven million undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States since childhood. Due to a broken immigration system, they grow up to uncertain futures. In Lives in Limbo, Roberto G. Gonzales introduces us to two groups: the college-goers, like Ricardo, who had good grades and a strong network of community support that propelled him to college and DREAM Act organizing but still landed in a factory job a few short years after graduation; and the early-exiters, like Gabriel, who failed to make meaningful connections in high school and started navigating dead-end jobs, immigration checkpoints, and a world narrowly circumscribed by legal limitations. This vivid ethnography explores why highly educated undocumented youth share similar work and life outcomes with their less-educated peers, despite the fact that higher education is touted as the path to integration and success in America. Mining the results of an extraordinary 12-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, Lives in Limbo exposes the failures of a system that integrates children into K-12 schools but ultimately denies them the rewards of their labor.

The Common Reading Program is sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

About the Common Reading Program

The Common Reading Program gives all incoming first-year and transfer students a shared intellectual experience to kick off their Tufts experience. Each year, a committee of students, faculty and staff selects a book for all incoming Jumbos to read. The goal is to foster conversation and engender a sense of community to help ease the transition to college life. The Common Reading Program is sponsored by Tisch College of Civic Life and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

Students will receive a copy of the selected Common Reading Book to your home address in the end of June. Please read the book before you arrive at Tufts and be ready to talk about it with your fellow students, orientation leaders, and advisors.

For More Information

Contact Robert Mack, Associate Dean for Student Success and Advising