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First Pages: From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry

Information to support the First Pages Reading Project

Summer 2015


The incoming first year class at Northeastern is reading From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry this summer as part of the First Pages program. The program was established to develop a sense of common knowledge and purpose as students move into their first year at Northeastern University. 


From the Memoirs book cover image(click image to link to Amazon)


Interviews with the author and articles about the book

The Funny World of Fashion and Terrorism  (The Economist)

Post 9-11 Life as a ‘Non-Enemy Combatant’ (National Public Radio)


Other writings by the author

The Borough that New York Forgot (The Nation)

Not quite Norman: Living up to a Literacy Legacy (National Public Radio)


Guantanamo Bay

Closing Guantanamo? (Council on Foreign Relations)

Final Review of the Guantanamo Bay Task Force 1/22/2010 (US Government)

How I Fought to Survive Guantanamo (The Guardian)


Haute Couture

Council of Fashion Designers of America

Fashion Institute of Technology



British Broadcasting Corporation

Encyclopedia Britannica

Philippine Star

World Factbook



For information about First Pages, please contact Lauren Pouchak at (617) 373-7217 l.pouchak [at] ()


For information about library resources, please contact Jamie Dendy at (617) 373-3344 j.dendy [at] ()   


Previous First Pages Books

Five Days at Memorial: Life in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Shari Fink (2014 selection)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (2013)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (2012)

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande (2011)

Zeitoun by David Eggers (2010)

Beautiful Boy: a father’s journey through his son’s addiction by David Sheff (2009)

Three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (2008)

Easter Rising by Michael Patrick MacDonald (2007)

Mountains beyond mountains by Tracy Kidder (2006)