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Summer Reading

2014 Selection

To be announced

A highlight of orientation for incoming students is the summer reading. Chosen by a diverse committee of faculty, staff, and students, this reading helps bring students together into collaborative discussion during the orientation activities.

The selection is made during the spring semester. More information will be made available on this page once the reading for 2014 has been chosen.

Incoming students are expected to purchase and read the summer reading selection prior to arriving at Smith for Orientation. If purchasing the book is cost prohibitive please contact Anna Vargas, Program Coordinator, at avargas@smith.edu. There will be small group discussions held during Orientation.

Past Summer Reading Selections

2013: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

2012: Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis by Alice Yaeger Kaplan

2011: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2010: Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

2009: The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones

2008: Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey

2007: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

2006: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

2005: Kettle Bottom by Diane Gilliam Fisher

2004: The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Lê Thi Diem Thúy

2003: Atonement by Ian McEwan

2002: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

2001: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

2000: My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki

1999: Respect by Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot