Summer Reading

Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

In connection with the 2018-19 annual theme of “Global Cities/Local Realities," we have selected Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia as this year’s Summer Reading. Written in the style of a self-help book, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia details the story of one person's migration from a rural area to an urban metropolis. The book, set in an Asian global city, deftly grapples with topics such as poverty, corruption, and the lack of water. We believe it will provide a rich starting point for exploring different aspects of this year's theme.

Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels: Moth SmokeThe Reluctant FundamentalistHow to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, selected as winner or finalist of more than thirty awards, and translated into over thirty-five languages. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Hamid has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.

Members of the class of 2022 are asked to read the book prior to Orientation.

Where to Buy

You can find this book at many local and online booksellers. Here are some links to places where you can purchase your copy:

Occidental Bookstore
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Indiebound.org (Enter your ZIP code to find a local bookstores that has the book)

Have a question about the summer reading? Write to us at coreprogram@oxy.edu.