Summer Reading Overview
For 14 years, Meredith's Summer Reading Program has brought together students, faculty, staff and alumnae in a common reading experience. This shared intellectual endeavor helps to foster the strong sense of community that is a hallmark of Meredith's campus.
The summer reading selection for 2012 is “The Glass Castle,” the New York Times Best-Selling memoir by Jeannette Walls. The author will speak at Meredith on Monday, August 27, 2011, at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.
Previous Summer Reading Program books are listed below. To nominate a book for next year’s Program, please use the Book Nomination Form.
2011 – “Enrique’s Journey” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Sonia Nazario
2010 – "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Pulitzer Prize-winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
2009 – “Unbowed” by Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai
2008 – “An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It” by Vice President Al Gore
2007 – “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by National Book Critics’ Circle Award-winner Anne Fadiman
2006 – "No Ordinary Time" by Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin
2005 – "Telling Tales" by Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer
2004 – "Naked in Baghdad" by NPR Foreign Correspondent Anne Garrels
2003 – "Night" by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel
2002 – "Ice Bound" by South Pole physician Jerri Nielson
2001 – "In the Time of the Butterflies” by author and essayist Julia Alvarez
2000 – "Tuesdays with Morrie" by best-selling author and journalist Mitch Albom
1999 – "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years" by Civil Rights pioneers Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with journalist Amy Hill Hearth