Frequently Asked Questions
What is this book all about?
It is a part of the Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience which is an integral part of the William Atwell Brown, Jr., and Mary Brown Vacin First-Year Experience Program at Albion College.
How does the Common Reading Experience work?
It's pretty simple: we give you a book that a group of stellar students, staff, and faculty thought was pretty amazing, and you read it.
Why did that stellar group of students, staff, and faculty choose Brian Turner's Here, Bullet?
All of the members of the committee, most of whom are not poetry readers as a matter of course, found Tuner's poems beautiful, easily accessible, and relatable. They were struck by Turner's incredible ability to humanize the experience of war for everyone who is involved and to represent a range of cultures with deep respect and sensitivity. His poems made them feel as though they were surrounded by the world of the Iraq war in all of its complexity.
When do I read it?
You read the book this summer before you get to Albion in August. Your First-Year Seminar professor and student mentor will expect you to have finished this book by the first time they meet you.
What happens with this book once I get here?
Starting at your orientation, this book will be common ground for you to stand on with your classmates. You will engage with that book in class and out of it. You will be a part of discussions about it in your First Year Seminar and around campus; you will watch films and hear speakers who will help us all think about the complicated fact of war in our world. You will even get to meet the author and hear him talk about his experiences in Iraq and his work with words. You may even have access to an advance copy of his new memoir, though that's still up in the air. Keep your fingers crossed.