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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times technology journalist and novelist. He is the author of two previous critically acclaimed novels, Hooked and Devil's Plaything, and his fiction, like his journalism, focuses on the impact of technology on how people live, behave, and love in the 21st century. He won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his series on distracted driving. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

As the texting-while-driving epidemic continues to claim 
11 teen lives per day,*
it’s time to educate your students about the very real dangers of this
all-too-common behavior. 



 

Texting-while-driving has deadly consequences

“Matt Richtel’s riveting book is narrative nonfiction at its finest. A well-written true life account of tragedy, redemption and the public policy challenges of keeping pace with the march of technology. This book should be placed in every school and legislative chamber in the country.”

—Jon Huntsman, former Governor of Utah  

A DEADLY WANDERING
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ABOUT THE BOOK

In A Deadly Wandering, Pulitzer Prize-winner Matt Richtel examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption.

In the wake of his experience, Reggie has become a leading advocate against “distracted driving.” Richtel interweaves Reggie’s story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society.

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“Richtel’s compassionate and persuasive book deserves a spot next to Fast Food Nation and To Kill a Mockingbird in America’s high school curriculums. To say it may save lives is self-evident."

New York Times Book Review

 

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*Statistic taken from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Fatality Facts.

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Matt Richtel's speech at the National Orientation Directors Association Annual Conference 2014


Freshman Common Read: Boise State University, University of Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina University



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