‘Sitting Pretty’ Memoir — Common Reader

Oct. 31, 2022
SHSU媒体联系人: 艾米丽Binetti

“What would it mean for disabled folks if society saw us as acceptable, equal, 整体中有价值的部分?”

This is the question posed by 作者丽贝卡·陶西格 in her memoir, “Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body,” selected as the Sam Houston State University Common Reader.

Complimentarily copies of the book are now available for pick up at the 学业成功中心 Welcome Desk (NGL) for all interested students, 教职员及职员.

陶西格将于日参观校园 Nov. 15 to serve as a keynote speaker, meet students and take part in other 普通读者活动.


Reaching across a broad range of interests to connect with as many students, 教师, and staff as possible from a variety of academic fields, the 普通读者计划 rests on a simple idea—that reading the same book provides opportunity for building community.

Through moderated discussions that promote critical thinking, campus activities connected to the book theme and events featuring the author, the program creates a shared intellectual experience.


Challenging typical views of disability, Rebekah Taussig invites readers into her experience of living in a body that looks and moves differently than most. Taussig, who has been paralyzed since the age of three, 是母亲, wife, author, disability advocate and educator with a PhD in creative nonfiction and disability studies.

She is a passionate teacher with a range of experience, from freshmen in high school to upper-level college classes covering subjects from English literature, composition and creative writing to disability studies.


自2008年起每年, an SHSU Common Reader selection committee made up of 教师, staff and students review book nominations from the campus community. Based on rigorous selection criteria, 标题是分级的, reviewed and the committee narrows the choices.

Taussig’s memoir was ultimately chosen with the highest overall reader rating and the highest top category ratings amongst student, 教职员读者. 


Students will be introduced to the book in many of their classes and at campus events throughout the 22-23 academic year. Copies are available in the student Bearkat包 when adopted by the class, or copies are available at the 学业成功中心 Welcome Desk located on the main floor of the Newton Gresham Library. Please email for additional information.


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2020-2021: American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between 文化s by America Ferrera
2019-2020: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
2018-2019: What Unites Us by alumnus Dan Rather
2017-2018: The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen
2016-2017: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Col. 克里斯·哈德菲尔德
2015-2016: Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
2014-2015: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2013-2014: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
2012-2013: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2011-2012: Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
2010-2011: China's Son by Da Chen
2009-2010: The Fly in the Ointment by Dr. 乔•施瓦茨
2008-2009: Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf

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