Book Club Reading List

Oregon Book Club

Book clubs are a wonderful way to reinvigorate your club’s membership and keep regularly engaged. Club presidents often find that book clubs attract alumnae who don’t traditionally affiliate with their Smith clubs, but are interested in continuing their education and connection to the college.


Take a look at the Book Club section of the Best Practices page, to see what other clubs are doing.


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Book Club Reading List Suggestions

Summer Reading selection for Smith students entering in Fall 2012

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


Past selections include:


Suggestions from the East Bay Smith Club:


Suggestions from the Smith College Club of Minnesota:


The Smith College Club of Cambridge recently read:

  • The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
  • The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl

The Club also has a list of books they are considering on their Website.

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Faculty Books Recommendations available on the Friends of the Smith College Librairies site.

Books about Smith Alumnae:


Books by Alumnae:

  • White Heart, Julie Caton Brown '68, 2010, fiction

  • Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to Inspire the Human Spirit , Emily Liebert Einhorn '98, 2010, nonfiction
  • Why I Left the Amish by Saloma Furlong ‘07
  • The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein MSW ‘06
  • Alcestis by Katharine Beutner, ‘03
  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan ‘03
  • Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah Trabucchi ’00, under the pseudonym Sarah MacLean
  • 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter ‘99
  • Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to inspire the Human Spirit by Emily Liebert ‘98
  • Substitute Me by Lori Tharps ‘94
  • Siren Song by Stephanie Dray ’93, under the pseudonym Stephanie Draven
  • Leaving L.A. by Jenny VanderWeyden ’93, under the pseudonym Kate Christie
  • Good Eggs by Phoebe Potts ‘92
  • Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman ‘92
  • Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown '91
  • Asian Palate by Jeannie Cho ‘90
  • The Divorced Girls’ Society co-authored by Jennifer O’Connell ‘90
  • American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary by Deirdre Cornell ‘89
  • The Great Hangover: 21 Tales of the New Recession from the Pages of Vanity Fair Magazine by Nina Munk ‘88
  • Daughters of the Revolution by Carolyn Cooke ‘80
  • Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom, MSW ‘78
  • Kasey to the Rescue by Ellen Rogers ‘74
  • The Fixer Upper by Judith Arnold (Barbara Keiler ‘74)
  • Exploding in Slow Motion by Andrea Hairston ‘74
  • Hurricane Season: Living Through a Broken Heart by Jeanette Stokes ‘73
  • Too Jewish by Patty Friedmann ‘68
  •  Morning Song: Poems for New Parents co-edited by Susan Todd ‘63
  • Ten Thousand Joys and Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle ‘59
  • The Ice Margin by Marcia Woodruff Dalton ‘58
  • The Search: Memoir of an Adopted Woman by Titia Ellis ‘56
  • Almost Lost, Nearly Found, A Novel of Sisters and Secrets by Nancy Hammerslough ‘51
  • Putt Putt, Bang Bang by Priscilla Buckley ‘43


Books by Faculty:

  • Thus Have I Seen: Visualizing Faith in Early Indian Buddhism; Divine Stories, Translations from the Divyavadana, Part 1, by Andy Rotman
  • Wild Unrest: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Making of "The Yellow Wall-Paper, Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
  • Tears of the Cheetah and Other Tales from the Genetic Frontier, Stephen J. O'Brien – non fiction
  • A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide, Charles Eric Reeves
  • Exiled in the Homeland: Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine,  Donna Robinson Divine


Other Suggestions:

Faculty speakers are available to discuss the following books with your group. Click here for a full list of available faculty speakers.


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