Discussion Book 2006

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

In 2005-06 students, faculty, and staff across campus shared multiple learning experiences based on Anne Fadiman’s non-fiction book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Developed as part of UAB’s Quality Enhancement Plan and led by President Garrison, the Discussion Book project promoted civic involvement, respectful dialogue about often controversial issues, and more knowledgeable participation in a global society.

This exciting project continues with the New York Times bestselling novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The 2006 UAB Discussion Book is the stunning debut novel by a practicing physician who was raised in Afghanistan and came to the United States as a teenager when his family sought political asylum following the Soviet invasion of his homeland. A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, an ALA notable book, and a popular choice by book clubs and campus reading initiatives, The Kite Runner explores how identity is tied to one’s evolving relationships with parents, friends, and place. Set in pre- and post-revolutionary Afghanistan and contemporary America, it has universal appeal as a moving coming-of-age story.

Thanks to Books-A-Million’s support, incoming freshmen were able to purchase the book at cost during Orientation.