Welcome to the OSU Library guide to the 2016 Buckeye Book Community selection, The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore. This guide offers resources for those who want to explore issues central to the book.
|About the book
"The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his."
Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence?
Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
How does The Other Wes Moore relate to my first-year experience?
You’ll find many themes and events in the book that relate to your life as a new student at Ohio State. During the next year, you’ll encounter new responsibilities, communities, independence, relationships and obstacles. Wes Moore’s story is full of life lessons and stories that will prompt you to reflect on many of these ideas, specifically:
Guiding questions for students
This year, the Buckeye Book Community reading selection is The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. We hope you enjoy your copy! As you read, use the following questions to help you apply the themes of the book to your transition to college and your first year at Ohio State. When you return to campus, be prepared to start conversations and make connections with other first-year students who share the experience of the Buckeye Book Community.