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Common Reading Program

2018 Common Reading Book

The Serengeti Rules by Sean B. Carroll

How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In The Serengeti Rules, award-winning biologist and author Sean Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions, and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon.

One of the most important revelations about the natural world is that everything is regulated―there are rules that regulate the amount of every molecule in our bodies and rules that govern the numbers of every animal and plant in the wild. And the most surprising revelation about the rules that regulate life at such different scales is that they are remarkably similar―there is a common underlying logic of life. Carroll recounts how our deep knowledge of the rules and logic of the human body has spurred the advent of revolutionary life-saving medicines, and makes the compelling case that it is now time to use the Serengeti Rules to heal our ailing planet.


About the Program

Young Harris College’s Common Reading Program is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion and critical thinking, while also encouraging a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.

Each academic year, all new students at Young Harris College are required to read the Common Reading Program book before the Fall Welcome Week. Books will be available in the Young Harris College Book Store during the START Orientation sessions.

Previous Book Selections


Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan


The Postmortal by Drew Magary


The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson



READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline


No Impact Man by Colin Beavan


Zeitoun by Dave Eggers


Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam Shepard

First Year Foundations


First Year Foundations