Three Books Archive

2017- Noah Diffenbaugh, Professor of Earth System Science

Theme: Sustainbility & Equity

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing

Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones


2016- Elizabeth Tallent, Professor of English

Theme: Crisis & Connection

NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names

Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell

Justin Torres, We the Animals


2015- John Hennessy, President of Stanford University

Theme: Resilience

Walter Isaacson, The Innovators

Tobias Wolff, This Boy’s Life

Lalita Tademy, Cane River


2014- Persis Drell, Dean of the School of Engineering and Professor of Physics

Theme: Science

Ruth Ozeki, My Year of Meats

Richard A. Muller, Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout


2013- Nicholas Jenkins, Associate Professor of English

Theme: Home

Arlie Russell Hochschild, The Outsourced Self

Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father


2012- Mark Applebaum, Associate Professor of Music

Theme: What is Art?

Michael Kimmelman, “My Kid Could Paint That”

Chuck Klosterman, Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural Nörth Daköta

Ge Wang, Smule


2011- Scott Sagan, Professor of Political Science

Theme: Ethical dilemmas in war and peace

Geraldine Brooks, March

Stephen Carter, The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama

Nathaniel Fick, One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer


2010- Debra Satz, Professor of Philosophy

Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Tracy Kidder, Strength in What Remains

Joyce Carol Oates, The Undesirable Table (From the collection “Will You Always Love Me?”)


2009- Harry Elam, Professor of Drama, and Michele Elam, Professor of English and Program in African and African American Studies

Lan Samantha Chang, Hunger

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers

Abraham Verghese, My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story


2008- Andrea Lunsford, Professor of English

Lynda Barry, One Hundred Demons

Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere


2007- Kenneth Fields, Professor of English

Lucille Clifton, Good Woman

N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain

Nancy Packer, Jealous Hearted Me


2006- Tobias Wolff, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English

Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains

Julie Orringer, How to Breathe Underwater

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


2005- Hazel Markus, Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences

David Henry Hwang, M Butterfly

Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John

Tobias Wolff, Old School


2004- Steven J. Zipperstein, Faculty Director of Undergraduate Advising

Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

Richard Rodriguez, Brown

Danzy Senna, Caucasia