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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 episodes of The Commons, the Common Read podcast, will be back to talk about Just Mercy.  Check out our two Episodes from our 17-18 selection 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.