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The Honors Book Club was founded in order to enable and encourage Honors students from all disciplines to read and discuss literature in an informal, non-classroom setting. The college provides free books for members and suggestions for our reading are made and voted upon by the members themselves.

The Honors Book Club meets twice each month throughout the fall and spring semesters, and once a week during the summer semester. Most discussions of our books are student-led, and coffee and tea are provided at meetings.

Any interested student is welcome to join the Book Club; please email the Book Club Coordinator, Sarah Timmonsfor more information and to become a member.

Below is a full and regularly updated list of the books read to date by the Honors Book Club.



Purple HibiscusFall 2014

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape, Bill McKibben

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

• Short Story TBD, Edith Wharton




The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Summer 2014: Adventure

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, Michael Chabon

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doug Adams

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin



The Silver StarSpring 2014

The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls

Dracula, Bram Stoker

Under A Lucky Star, Roy Chapman Andrews

And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

The Fifth Season, Lisa Ohlen Harris



Summer of the Big BachiFall 2013

Summer of the Big Bachi, Naomi Hirahara

About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory, Barry Lopez

My Ántonia, Willa Cather





The Beekeeper's ApprenticeSummer 2013: Mystery

The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie R. King

The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl

Inferno, Dan Brown



The Picture of Dorian Gray




Spring 2013

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

The Thin Man, Dashiel Hammett



The NamesakeFall 2012

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The Man in the Iron Mask, Alexandre Dumas






Whose Body?Summer 2012: Mystery and Adventure

Whose Body?, Dorothy Sayers

She, H. Rider Haggard

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe




Towards ZeroSpring 2012

Towards Zero, Agatha Christie

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde





The HelpFall 2011

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton

The Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle





The Scarlet PimpernelSummer 2011

The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Stardust, Neil Gaiman

The Princess Bride, William Goldman





The Haunted Hotel

Spring 2011

The Haunted Hotel, Wilkie Collins

Half-Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls

Things I’ve Been Silent About, Azar Nafisi




Into the Wild Fall 2010

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer

The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Persuasion, Jane Austen





The Book Thief


Summer 2010

The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

Empress, Shan Sa




Reading Lolita in Tehran Spring 2010

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Brontë

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer




The Glass Castle



Fall 2009

The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls

The Importance of Being Earnest and other Plays, Oscar Wilde

The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald




Pride and PrejudiceSummer 2009

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver


The Handmaid's Tale





Spring 2009

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

Amsterdam, Ian McEwan

The Writing Class, Jincy Willett