St. Ambrose University's First Book Committee chose Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber for the 2013 First Book using the following selection criteria:
- First-year students will find the book interesting
- Related to the Project Series
- Written by authors who demonstrate excellence and care in their treatment of and command of written English
- The author is available to visit campus for a lecture or reading
For more information about Steingraber and her book, visit the Living Downstream website.