During mid-term reading period, we asked “What one book should every Lawrence graduate read?” As usual, the responses were varied, thought-provoking, and (sometimes) amusing. The list is below.

As always, your further comments and suggestions are welcome.

The Nature of a Liberal College by Henry Wriston

The Prince by Machiavelli

The Republic by Plato

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Jungle Book

Green Eggs and Ham

Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Manchild in the Promised Land

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Confessions of an Heiress by Paris Hilton

The Freshman Studies Book by Mark Dintenfass

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Anything by Ayn Rand

Life of Pi

The Bible

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

1984 by George Orwell

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

The Communist Manifesto by Marx

The Bone Parade

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by J. Barnes

Alice in Wonderland

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by McDanogh and Braungart

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruk Murakami

Ethics for a New Millennium

Middlemarch by George Eliot

On the Road

Le Petit Prince

Something by Jeffrey Eugenides

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The World According to Garp

Men Cry in the Dark by Michael Baisden

The Quran

The Torah

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Prophet by Khalil Gibrah

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? by Edward Albee

Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals

Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher

The Flashman Papers by George M. Fraser

The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card

and the very fine:

The Biography of Skyler Silvertrust

The Myth, the Mystery, and the Man by Chris Wright