The annual Common Read is designed to give students new to Mount Holyoke College their first intellectual dialogue based on a shared text. New students start to explore the selected text during Orientation and continue the discussion into their fall classes and throughout the year.
Open to the entire College community to read and discuss — staff on campus and alumnae groups across the country discuss the book — the Common Read sets the tone and frame discussions for the upcoming academic year.
Current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alums and trustees are invited to participate.
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The Common Read in the news
Mount Holyoke College’s Common Read for fall of 2022 is “Braiding Sweetgrass.” “Braiding Sweetgrass” centers Indigenous knowledge as an alternative or complementary approach to mainstream scientific methodologies.
Common Read selections
|2022||Robin Wall Kimmerer||“Braiding Sweetgrass”|
|2021||Jesmyn Ward||“The Fire This Time” | Library guide for “The Fire This Time”|
|2020||The New York Times Magazine||“The 1619 Project”|
|2019||Tommy Orange||"There, There"|
|2018||Cristina Henriquez||“The Book of Unknown Americans”|
|2017||Claudia Rankine||“Citizen: An American Lyric”|
|2016||Ta-Nehisi Coates||“Between the World and Me”|
|2015||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie||“Americanah”|
|2014||Piper Kerman||“Orange is the New Black”|
|2013||Junot Díaz||“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”|
|2012||Jhumpa Lahiri||“The Namesake”|
|2011||Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn||“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”|
|2010||List of readings|
|2009||Anne Fadiman||“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures”|
|2007||Elizabeth Kolbert||“Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change”|
|2006||Tracy Kidder||“Mountains Beyond Mountains”|
|2005||Ruth L. Ozeki||“My Year of Meats”|
|2004||Azar Nafisi||“Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books”|
|2003||Barbara Kingsolver||“The Poisonwood Bible”|
|2002||Barbara Ehrenreich||“Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America”|
|2001||Julia Alvarez||“How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents”
|2000||Terry Tempest Williams||“Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place”|