Sweet Briar Book Club

Are you a fierce reader? Do you love to learn and see what others are reading?

Click here to join the Sweet Briar Book Club now!

The Alumnae Alliance of Sweet Briar College has created the Sweet Briar Book Club on Goodreads. At Book Club, alumnae can discuss the literature and topics as well as promote books alumnae have written. Future writers can seek advice and network. As a member of the book club, in addition to great conversations with your fellow alumnae, you’ll get up-to-date information about:

  • Authors visiting campus
  • Books written by alumnae, faculty and staff
  • Books about the history of Sweet Briar College
  • Books recommended by faculty and President Woo
  • Books being read by academic courses on campus

2018-2019 Books

  • “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America” by Beth Macy.
    Why are we reading it? Macy visited campus in September 2018 as part of the College’s Writers Series. She spent several decades writing for the Roanoke Times and Macy’s books address issues of local — and national — importance. Read more.
  • “The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts” by Tessa Fontaine.
    Buy it at the Sweet Briar Book Shop.
    Why are we reading it? Fontaine visited campus in October 2018 as part of the College’s Writers Series. Read more.
  • “My Life in Middlemarch” by Rebecca Mead.
    Buy it at the Sweet Briar Book Shop.
    Why are we reading it? Mead, who is also a staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine, visited campus in October 2018 as part of the College’s Writers Series. The students taking “CORE 150: The Mindful Writer” are using the magazine as their text for the semester. Read more.
  • “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
    Buy it at the Sweet Briar Book Shop.
    Why are we reading it? Adichie will be visiting campus in late Octber 2018 as part of the College’s Writers Series. “Americanah” is the College’s common read for the 2018-2019 school year. Last year, first year students studied her essay, “We Should All be Feminists,” during orientation. Read more.
  • “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo.
    Why are we reading it? President Woo recommended the book and it was given to each student Presidential Scholar attendees last winter.

Videos of Readings

When granted permission by the publisher and author, the Sweet Briar Book Club will post audio or visual versions of the presentations. You may access videos here or through the Goodreads website.

Join the club, curl up with a good book, and happy reading!