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First Pages: 2021-2022 First Pages Book

In collaboration with the Honors Program, these are library provided links to reviews, interviews, documents, and pertinent websites to support the freshman summer reading project.

Transcendent Kingdom

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2021 First Pages book, Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi.

The child of Ghanaian immigrants, Gifty is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate at the prestigious Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research involves the neuroscience of reward-seeking behavior in mice, and its connection to depression and addiction. However, when her mother slips into a depressive episode that leaves her bedridden, Gifty must come to terms with her family’s past, the loss of a brother to drug addiction, and a childhood faith whose promises remain elusive and unfulfilled.

Transcendent Kingdom is a powerful and transformative story about identity, family, the mystery of the human mind, and humanity’s enduring project of unlocking those mysteries through faith and science.


The Book

How to Prepare

This year, Author Yaa Gyasi will be virtually present at Northeastern University on Wednesday, September 8, 2020, 8:00pm to speak to the incoming class. This is a mandatory event for all new students. Information about this virtual event will be available in Welcome Week and other university materials distributed during Move-In. 

How to get the book

The University Bookstore sells the book. It will be available on June 2021. Most major retailers also carry the book. It can also be purchased as an e-book or audiobook.

More Questions? Contact: 

For more information on library resources and questions about this guide contact Evie Cordell at

For more information on the First Pages program contact Justin Silvestri at