September 2011

Join Mitchell College faculty, staff and students for the first in a series of book discussions held at the library on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 1 at 12:00p.m.  These faculty-led discussions with explore  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

Many thanks to Dr. Kimberly Blake, Dr. Scott Horton, and Dr. Nancy Tolson for facilitating these community discussions.

Copies are available at the library desk or for purchase at the Mitchell College bookstore or


By Jay Asher

Format: downloadable audiobook and print

View in Library catalog

View the official website

Read Jay Asher’s personal blog

Read reader reviews or post your own at the Thirteen Reasons Why Project

New York Times Book Review, A Story of a Teenager’s Suicide Quietly Becomes a Best Seller

An article from the Guardian, Kathryn Hughes on a book that’s a bestseller in America’s high schools

Publisher Description
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

Thirteen Reasons Why is the gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the world over. It’s an unrelenting modern classic.