Common Reading Initiative


Common Reading Initiative

The Secret of Magic

2014 Selection: The Secret of Magic

The W has selected Deborah Johnson's The Secret of Magic for the Common Reading Initiative. The entire MUW campus is encouraged to read and discuss this important book.


About the Book

Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.



About the Common Reading Initiative

The Common Reading Initiative (CRI) at Mississippi University for Women draws on our rich literary heritage and builds on The W’s tradition of excellence in teaching to:

  • Develop intellectual community among students, staff, and faculty outside the traditional classroom,
  • Foster intellectual curiosity, inquiry, and responsibility among all groups,
  • Deepen understanding of issues raised in significant books, and
  • Provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage socially in meaningful ways.


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