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The Moth Presents A Point of Beauty: Ways to Get the Book

What is a Common Read?

The Common Read program is intended to give all incoming UNLV undergraduates a shared experience with a thought-provoking text.  This year's Common Read is The Moth Presents: A Point of Beauty: True Stories of Holding On and Letting Go edited by The Moth and featuring stories from various story tellers. The Moth story and series originated in 1997 by George Dawes Green and the name comes from his memories associated with where he grew up in Georgia! He shares that neighbors would gather nightly to talk on porches while moths flew in through the screens toward the light.

The Moth group focuses on storytelling and wanting to share and recreate feelings and experiences that people have in their lifetimes. A Point of Beauty features inspiring and entertaining collection of unforgettable true stories about finding unexpected beauty in life’s transitions.

The Common Read is intended to be a part of first-year orientation, first-year seminar, and first-year English. Instructors have discretion on how it is used in each class.


For questions about the Common Read program, contact Karen Violanti, Executive Director of the First Year Success Program.

For questions about this guide, contact Niki Fullmer Educational Outreach Librarian.

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Get a copy

New to UNLV first year students will receive their FREE copy of the UNLV Common Read in the following ways:

  • In person (hard copy of book) when checking into the Rebel Ready Week experience in August.

  • Additional copies are available to check out through Course Reserves at the Circulation Desk at the Lied Library.

  • Limited copies of the Common Read are also available at the UNLV Lied Library. Connect with the Circulation Desk at Lied Library for more information (702.895.2248). 

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