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This guide highlights the books read by the Agnes Scott College community through reading programs targeted primarily towards first-year students.
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Guides to Past Books

Einstein's Dreams: 2009-10 Common Read
by McCain Library - Last Updated Sep 10, 2012
A bibliography for incoming first-years. Welcome!
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Outcasts United: 2010-11 Common Read
by McCain Library - Last Updated Apr 1, 2014
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How to Breathe Underwater: 2011-12 Common Read
by McCain Library - Last Updated Feb 20, 2012
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: the 2012-13 Agnes Reads Book
by Casey Long - Last Updated May 2, 2013
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The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont: The 2013-2014 Agnes Reads Book
by Casey Long - Last Updated Jul 25, 2013
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Special Thanks!

McCain Library would like to thank Kelsey Hensler '12 for researching and designing this guide to past books read by the Agnes Scott community through First-Year Reading, Common Read, and Agnes Reads programs. 

Books from the 2010s

Outcasts United  How to Breathe Underwater

Books from the 2000s

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents  Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom  The Complete Persepolis  Einstein's Dreams  Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

  • 2009 - Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
    Einstein's Dreams has been translated into thirty languages. It was runnerup for the PEN New England/Boston Globe Winship Award, and was the National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" Book Club pick in 1998. It has been adapted for the stage more than twenty-four times. Alan Lightman was the first professor at MIT to be appointed jointly to both the sciences and the humanities.
  • 2008 - The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    Persepolis is a graphic novel autobiography that tells of Marjane Satrapi's life growing up in Iran. Persepolis made Time Magazine's top ten best comics list in 2003. Satrapi co-wrote and co-directed the film version, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Feature Film.
  • 2007 - American Woman by Susan Choi
    American Woman was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Susan Choi has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has also won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction.
  • 2006 - Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton
    Catherine Clinton received her doctorate in history from Princeton University. She currently teaches U.S. history at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written for the History Channel and is a member of the Screen Writer's Guild.
  • 2005 - Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
    Bee Season was a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Borders New Voices Prize, and was nominated for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the NYPL Young Lions Award, and the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. Bee Season has been adapted to film.
  • 2003 - Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been awarded the American Book Award, the Bay Area Reviewers Award, the PEN Josephine Miles Award in fiction and the South Asian Literary Association Distinguished Author Award.
  • 2004 - Three Junes by Julia Glass
    Julia Glass has received the National Book Award for fiction, three Nelson Algren Awards, the Tobias Wolff Award, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Medal for best novella, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction.
  • 2002 - How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
    How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents was chosen as a notable book by the American Library Association. Two of Julia Alvarez's other works have also gained this distinction. Alvarez has also been awarded prizes from the Academy of American Poets, and received the Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Alvarez a member of the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Hipolito Mejía, the new president of the Dominican Republic in 2000.
  • 2001 - The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
    The Bonesetter's Daughter was nominated for the Orange Prize for fiction. Amy Tan has also been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received the Commonwealth Gold Award and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. Her books have been translated into thirty-five languages.
  • 2000 - Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
    Rebecca Wells has won the Western States Book Award and the Adult Trade ABBY Award. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood has been adapted to film.

Books from the 1990s

Rich In Love  Angela's Ashes  Bully for Brontosaurus

  • 1999 - Bully for Brontosaurus by Stephen Jay Gould
    Stephen Jay Gould received the American Book Award for science, the Science Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Gould was elected President of the American Society of Naturalists, the Paleontological Society, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2000, the Library of Congress delcared him a Living Legend.
  • 1998 - Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
    Frank McCourt received the Pulitzer Prize in biography for Angela's Ashes, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
  • 1997 - Rich in Love by Josephine Humphreys
    Josephine Humphreys has been awarded the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Prize for the best American first novel, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lyndhurst Fellowship.

Books from the 1980s

The Color Purple  Dale Loves Sophie to Death  Gift from the Sea  Song of Solomon  Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories

  • 1988 - Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
    Margaret Atwood has been awarded the E. J. Pratt Medal, the Governor-General's Award (twice), the President's Medal from the University of Western Ontario, the Canadian Centennial Commision Poetry Competition's first place prize, a prize for poetry from the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, the Bess Hoskins Prize for Poetry, the City of Toronto Award, the Canadian Bookseller's Association Award, the St. Lawrence Award for fiction, the Canada Council Molson Prize, and the Radcliffe Medal.
  • 1987 - The Finishing School by Gail Godwin
    Gail Godwin received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
  • 1986 - Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr
    For Stones for Ibarra, Harriet Doerr has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, an American Book Award for first fiction, the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Acdemy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She also received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing from Standord University and the Transatlantic Review's Henfield Foundation Prize
  • 1985 - Raney by Clyde Edgerton
    Clyde Edgerton has received a Best Book citation from Publishers Weekly, Five notable book citations from the New York Times, and the 1997 North Carolina Award for Literature. He has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lyndhurst Fellowship.
  • 1984 - The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    Alice Walker was awarded the Lillian Smith Award, the National Institute of Arts and Letters' Rosenthal Award, the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She was nominated for the National Book Award. She has also received the Charles Merrill writing fellowship and a Guggenheimer fellowship.
  • 1984 - 'Night Mother by Marsha Norman
    'Night Mother received the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, the Hull-Warriner Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and four Tony Award Nominations. Marsha Norman was also awarded the John Gassner New Playwright's Medallion, the George Oppenheimer Newsday Playwriting Award, and a Tony Award for the musical The Secret Garden. She has received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Academy and Institute of Letters.
  • 1983 - Nectar In a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
    Nectar In a Sieve was named a notable book by the American Library Association in 1955.
  • 1983 - Dale Loves Sophie to Death by Robb Foreman Dew
    Dale Loves Sophie to Death won the National Book Awards prize for first novel.
  • 1982 - Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    Toni Morrison received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for the National Book Award. She was the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1981 - Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    Gift From the Sea narrates Lindbergh's struggle to balance her family life and her creative work.
  • 1981 - Bring Me A Unicorn by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    Bring Me A Unicorn is the diaries and letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, detailing her courtship with Charles Lindbergh.
  • 1980 - Violet Clay by Gail Godwin
    Gail Godwin received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

Books from the 1970s

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie  The Sheepskin Psychosis  The Awakening  The Great Gatsby  The Population Bomb

Books from the 1960s

To Kill A Mockingbird  A Separate Peace  The Movie Goer  A Generous Man  The Chosen   

  • 1969 - The Chosen by Chaim Potok
    For The Chosen, Chaim Potok received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award and a National Book Award Nomination. He has also received the National Jewish Book Award and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture Achievement Award in Literature.
  • 1968 - The Journey by Lillian Smith
    Lillian Smith has received the Page One Award, the Constance Skinner Lindsay Award, and the Sidney Hillman Award, along with a citation from the National Book Awards Committee.
  • 1966 - A Generous Man by Reynolds Price
    Reynolds Price has received the National Institute of Arts and Letters' Literature Award, and the Sir Walter Raleigh award for fiction. In 1993 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • 1965 - A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    For A Separate Peace John Knowles received awards from the William Faulkner Foundation and the Rosenthal Foundation.
  • 1967 - The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
    The Moviegoer won the 1962 National Book Award in fiction. Walker Percy also received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the St. Louis Literary Award. Percy was also a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 1965 - Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
    Viktor Frankl wrote Man's Search for Meaning while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, on scavenged slips of paper. The book has sold over ten million copies and had been translated into twenty-four different languages.
  • 1964 - The Democratic Prospect by Charles Frankel
    From 1965-1967, Charles Frankel was Assisstant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs.
  • 1963 - Science and Human Values by J. Bronowski
    Jacob Bronowski was the President of the British Library Association from 1957-1958, and Carnegie visiting professor of History MIT in 1953.
  • 1962 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Lord of the Flies has made Time's list of 100 best English-language novels (from 1923 to 2005) and number 68 of the American Library Associations 100 most challenged books from 1990-1999. It has been adapted to film twice. William Golding recieved the Nobel Prize in literature in 1983.
  • 1961 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    To Kill A Mockingbird has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into at least ten languages and sold more than forty million copies. The book celebrated its fiftith anniversary in 2010. It was number 21 on the American Library Associations' 100 most challenged books from 2000-2009. In a 1999 poll conducted by Library Journal, To Kill a Mockingbird was voted best novel. It has been adapted to film twice. In 2007 Harper Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work.
  • 1960 - The Stranger by Albert Camus
    Albert Camus is a French writer, who received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1957.
  • 1960 - The Lonely Crowd: A Study of the Changing American Character by Daivd Riesman, Nathan Glazer, and Robert Denney
    A study of American life and social character, which gained great popularity in the 50s, and is still considered relevant today. David Riesman was the subject of an article of Time magazine in September 1954, and appeared on the cover, the first social scientist to do so.
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