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Author chosen for the NMSU Honors College "Reading in Common Program"

New Mexico State University's Honors College has selected a book about world poverty, service, and dedication to people's basic needs to be read and discussed by incoming Honors freshman participating in the college's third year of the "Reading in Common Program."

The nonfiction narrative "Mountains Beyond Mountains" will be assigned for the students to read over the summer, then, at Aggie Welcome Week in the fall, meet for group discussions and activities, led by NMSU faculty and upper-classmen.

"The book provides an excellent example of public service," said Dean of the Honors College William Eamon.

Written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder, "Mountains Beyond Mountains" is the true-life storytelling of the work of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard medical doctor and professor renowned as a leader in international health. The book takes the reader through his altruistic "quest" to prevent diseases in areas around the world that need it most.

"It's about people serving people in the most basic ways," Eamon said. "I think it is very relevant to today's world, since globalization has spread diseases like AIDS to many parts of the world."

He said the book's idealism will spark much discussion among the incoming freshmen.

For registration information, visit http://honors.nmsu.edu/reading/index.html. Participants will receive a free copy of the book via mail within a couple weeks of registration courtesy of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Las Cruces. Those who register before July 15 will be entered to win an iPod Nano among other prizes.