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The Common Read Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 – 2019 selection, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.  

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship - and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. 

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. 

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction | Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize | Finalist for the Kirkus Review Prize | An American Library Association Notable Book 

New episode of The Commons, the Common Read podcast, will be back to talk about Just Mercy.  Check out our two Episodes from last year's book Homegoing. 

Episode 1 features USA History Professor Marsha Hamilton on the Atlantic world. 

Episode 2 USA African-American Studies Professor Kern Jackson discusses Homegoing in the broader context of folklore and American literature.