Common Reading

Ten Letters

About the Book

Ten Letters by Eli Saslow

Cover of Ten Letters"Every day, President Obama reads ten representative letters among the thousands he receives from citizens across the land. The letters come from people of all ages, walks of life, and political points of view. Some are heartbreaking, some angry, some hopeful. Indeed, Obama reads as many letters addressed 'Dear Jackass' as 'Dear Mr. President.' Eli Saslow, a young and rising star at the Washington Post, became fascinated by the power of these letters and set out to find the stories behind them.

Through the lens of ten letters to which Obama responded personally, this exceptionally relevant and poignant book explores those individual stories, taking an in-depth look at the misfortunes, needs, opinions, and, yes, anger over the current state of the country that inspired ten people to put pen to paper. Surprisingly, what also emerges from these affecting personal narratives is a story about the astounding endurance and optimism of the American people. Ten Letters is an inspiring and important book about ordinary people and the issues they face every day - the very issues that are shaping America's future. This is not an insider Washington book, but a book for the times that tells the real American stories of today." - Random House

How Do I Get the Book?

Freshmen: Complimentary copies of the book will be provided to all incoming freshmen at Orientation. If you are attending an Orientation in June, you will receive your copy at check-in. If you are attending an Orientation in August, your book will be mailed to you mid-July.

Students with Disabilities (all students, including Freshmen): If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request this text in an alternate format, please contact Peggy Turner, Disability Services, at (910) 962-7555. No alternate format copies will be supplied without proper documentation.

Other Students: A limited amount of complimentary copies will be available at Common Reading events during the fall. Copies are also available for purchase at the UNCW bookstore and at your local bookstore. Copies are available for loan at Randall Library.

Faculty and Staff: If you are interested in participating in this program or reviewing the text, please email to request a copy.