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Summer Reading 2008
Natasha Trethewey: Native Guard

Biographical Information | Reviews | Audio & Video Files | Past Summer Readings | Help From a Librarian

Book Cover Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey

The Smith College summer reading selection for 2008 is the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poetry, Native Guard, by Natasha Trethewey. The book is a study of family, memory, and race through the vehicle of the Native Guard - one of the first black regiments in the South during the Civil War.

For more information about the book and the summer reading program for first-year and entering students, please see the Summer Reading website.

Copies of Native Guard are available in Neilson Library, Smith College.

Visit the Houghton Mifflin website, publisher of Native Guard, to view full page images and look inside the book.

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Biographical Information

Current Biography Yearbook 2007 -
p. 547-549. This source is available in many public and academic libraries including the Smith College Neilson Library, ref CT 100 .C8.

Natasha Trethewey's faculty web page from the Creative Writing Program at Emory University. View a biographical sketch, see a list of previous books published, read a poem, & use links to further resources.


Natasha Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey,
Author of Native Guard

Book Reviews

To find book reviews of Native Guard, search by keyword for "Natasha Trethewey" AND "Native Guard" in the following databases of newspapers and periodical articles.
Use SC Links SCLinks to connect to full text when available.

Academic Search Premier

Expanded Academic Index

LexisNexis Academic

Audio & Video Files

Website Link
PBS.org - Read more poems and see PBS video of poetry by Natasha Trethewey. click here
Natasha Trethewey - Follow links to NPR interview and to videos of poetry readings on the author's website. click here

Books About the History of the Native Guard

All of the following books are available in the Smith College Neilson Library:

book cover The Louisian Native Guards
Hollandworth, James G. The Louisiana Native Guards: the Black military experience during the Civil War. - E 540 .N3 H65 1995
book cover Thank God my Regiment an African One
Daniels, Nathan W. Thank God my Regiment an African One: the Civil War diary of Col. Nathan W. Daniels. - E 510.5 2nd .D36 1998
book cover Black Soldiers in Blue
Smith, John David, ed. Black Soldiers in Blue: African American troops in the Civil War era. - E 540 .N3 B63 2002


Past Summer Readings

Summer Reading 2007
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)

Summer Reading 2006
Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)

Summer Reading 2005
Kettle Bottom (Diane Gilliam Fisher)

Summer Reading 2004
The Gangster We Are All Looking For (Lê Thi Diem Thúy)

Summer Reading 2003
Atonement (Ian McEwan)

Summer Reading 2002
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (Barbara Ehrenreich)

Summer Reading 2001
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman)

Help from a Librarian

Use Need Help? Ask a Librarian to send a question at any time, or contact Bruce Sajdak, Reference Librarian, directly: bsajdak@smith.edu

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