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Summer Reading List Archive: 2024 Summer Reading List

Here you can find all the Chatham University first-year summer reading lists from the last several years.

The theme of this year's Summer Reading List is Best of the Backlist! We're looking back at the amazing books we already have in our collection and pulling out some titles that deserve more attention. Often times backlist titles are easier to find on a local library shelf or in a used bookstore, so this list will hopefully enrich your summer reading with minimal hassle. We are excited to recommend the following selection to you for your summer reading! Featuring popular nonfiction, poetry, memoir, literature, and more, this list has something for everyone.

It is not expected that people read everything on this list. This is not a required reading list. Rather, this list is meant to be used as a way to find books that interest you for your own knowledge exploration and personal development. These books are appropriate for incoming first years, returning students, staff, faculty, and other Chatham community members.

Fiction and Writing











Memoir and Biography




History and Politics




Psychology and Social Sciences





Communcation, Media, and Entertainment


Cultural Studies



Business and Economics




Science and Medicine



Environment and Ecology






Math and Physics


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