‘The Other Wes Moore’ chosen for 2012-13 Common Reading

Considered a perfect fit for Marietta College’s 2012-13 theme of Leadership & Social Justice, Wes Moore’s “The Other Wes Moore” has been chosen as the common reading for campus.

“I’m excited about our 2012 Common Reading. ‘The Other Wes Moore’ was the overwhelming choice by faculty and students alike,” said Dr. Suzanne Walker, Associate Professor of Communication and Assistant Dean for First Year Experience and Advising. “It is the perfect book for our theme of Leadership and Social Justice for the 2012-13 school year. Not only does the book provide great discussion starters for our incoming class to talk about how to deal with transitions and choices, but it provides the entire campus an opportunity to explore how we can make a difference in people’s lives.”

The author gives his account of when he became a Rhodes Scholar and as he was reading the article written about him in the local Baltimore newspaper, he came across a less flattering article about another man named Wes Moore. The difference was this Wes Moore had just been convicted of murder and was serving life in jail without parole.

Reading this made Moore uneasy so he took it upon himself to send letters to the other Wes Moore. This pen-pal relationship developed through a series of letters, and the author discovered the two men were not that different. Both men had crossed paths one way or another growing up in similar situations but choosing different paths. 

“The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine,” the author said. “The tragedy is that my story could have been his.”

Walker is in the process of booking Moore as a speaker in the fall to participate in Common Reading Week. Books are available in the Marietta College Bookstore, and can also be purchased online.

For further reference on the book view the promotional video: http://youtu.be/6bk_U6wHszE.