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First Pages: Resources

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.


** More resources and information about events are forthcoming as planning begins for the 2021-2022 First Pages Program. 

Transcendent Kingdom 
is a powerful story about identity, family, the human mind, and the shared effort by religion and science to explain experience of human life. Gifty’s scientific endeavors, familial life, and examination of faith reveals numerous issues and events that touch upon our own lives and the communities that surround us.

To empower Northeastern students to learn more about these issues and prepare to take action, the University Honors Program invites all Northeastern students to take part in a full semester of Next Pages programming inspired by Transcendent Kingdom. Event descriptions and links to register will be available in Summer 2021.


  • Readers Guide by Penguin Random House  
    • The questions, discussion topics, and other material that follow are intended to enhance your group’s conversation of Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom, a powerful coming-of-age story of a young woman on a quest for approval and forgiveness in the wake of the devastating loss of her brother to drug overdose—and for a sense of belonging in a world of unknowns.

Further Reading

Related Guides on issues of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Reviews & Interviews