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Auburn University has selected “Half a Life” for its 2015-16 Auburn Connects! Common Book Program.

In this memoir by Darin Strauss, the author chronicles his experiences following a car accident took the life of a high school classmate. Strauss shares with the reader his personal journey from guilt and loss to accountability and acceptance, and divulges the mistakes he made nearly every step of the way. Strauss will be on the Auburn campus Sept. 17, to speak about his experiences.

This memoir has been called “a remarkable, beyond-brave memoir” (O: The Oprah Magazine) that is “gutsy [and] candid” (The Washington Post) and “painfully raw and beautifully written” (The Los Angeles Times). "Half a Life" is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was chosen as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, an Entertainment Weekly “Must List” selection, and has been read in part on NPR’s This American Life.

During September, themes presented in this year’s common book selection will be explored in courses, lectures, film screenings, service projects, exhibitions, public discussions and other programs. The Auburn community is encouraged to participate in programming made available throughout the month.

The Auburn Connects! Common Book Program is an initiative of the Office of Undergraduate Studies. By creating a shared reading experience for students, faculty, staff and the wider Auburn community, Auburn Connects! seeks to provide insight into the human condition while developing lifelong habits of intellectual curiosity and engagement.

For more information about Auburn Connects! Common Book Program, go to this website.