Smith College Admission Academics Student Life About Smith news Offices
Five College Calendar
Smith eDigest
Submit an Idea
News Archive
News Publications
Planning an Event
Contact Us
News & Events
   Date: 6/17/11 Bookmark and Share

Smith Lit

Before heading off for vacation, you may want to pick up a few good reads. To help you select from among the countless options, we have compiled a Smith-centric summer reading list, a sample of titles by or about Smith alumnae, to help remind you of the young women who have gone on to shape lives of distinction. Otherwise, this hodgepodge of adult fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels, poetry, mysteries and memoirs, shares no single commonality. And, lest you run out of reading material, a Smith alumna can help. The Heroine’s Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore ’02, may offer further direction. Many of these books have been reviewed in the media; to obtain a copy of the book review, email Marti Hobbes,

Books About Alumnae

  • Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education Of Two Society Girls In The West by Dorothy Wickenden
  • A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz
  • Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter by Patricia Albers
  • My Mothering Aunt: Otelia Cromwell by Adelaide Cromwell ‘40
  • As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto by Joan Reardon

New(er) Arrivals by Alumnae

  • Why I Left the Amish by Saloma Furlong ‘07
  • The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein MSW ‘06
  • Alcestis by Katharine Beutner, ‘03
  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan ‘03
  • Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah Trabucchi ’00, under the pseudonym Sarah MacLean
  • 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter ‘99
  • Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to inspire the Human Spirit by Emily Liebert ‘98
  • Substitute Me by Lori Tharps ‘94
  • Siren Song by Stephanie Dray ’93, under the pseudonym Stephanie Draven
  • Leaving L.A. by Jenny VanderWeyden ’93, under the pseudonym Kate Christie
  • Good Eggs by Phoebe Potts ‘92
  • Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman ‘92
  • Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown '91
  • Asian Palate by Jeannie Cho ‘90
  • The Divorced Girls’ Society co-authored by Jennifer O’Connell ‘90
  • American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary by Deirdre Cornell ‘89
  • The Great Hangover: 21 Tales of the New Recession from the Pages of Vanity Fair Magazine by Nina Munk ‘88
  • Daughters of the Revolution by Carolyn Cooke ‘80
  • Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom, MSW ‘78
  • Kasey to the Rescue by Ellen Rogers ‘74
  • The Fixer Upper by Judith Arnold (Barbara Keiler ‘74)
  • Exploding in Slow Motion by Andrea Hairston ‘74
  • Hurricane Season: Living Through a Broken Heart by Jeanette Stokes ‘73
  • Too Jewish by Patty Friedmann ‘68
  • Morning Song: Poems for New Parents co-edited by Susan Todd ‘63
  • Ten Thousand Joys and Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle ‘59
  • The Ice Margin by Marcia Woodruff Dalton ‘58
  • The Search: Memoir of an Adopted Woman by Titia Ellis ‘56
  • Almost Lost, Nearly Found, A Novel of Sisters and Secrets by Nancy Hammerslough ‘51
  • Putt Putt, Bang Bang by Priscilla Buckley ‘43

Smith Alumnae Books Worth Dusting Off

  • Nine Months in August by Adriana Bourgoin '91
  • Third Girl from the Left by Martha Southgate ‘82
  • The Wife by Meg Wolitzer ‘81
  • My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki Lounsbury ‘80
  • Ivy Days by Susan Allen Toth ‘61
  • The Books of Great Alta by Jane Yolen ‘60
  • Doing Sixty and Seventy by Gloria Steinem ‘56
  • Sleight of Hand by Robin Keisman Hathaway ‘56
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ‘55
  • The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas ‘53
  • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan ‘42
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle ‘41
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child ‘34
  • A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh ‘28
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell ‘22

Anticipated October 2011

  • Iscariot by Tosca Lee ’92
DirectoryCalendarCampus MapVirtual TourContact UsSite A-Z