Book Clubs

Three active book groups are affiliated with the Smith College Club of Philadelphia. The Regional Club has been meeting for over 20 years at locations across the Philadelphia suburbs. For information about the Regional Book Club, please email Kirsten Ernst at The Center City Book Club meets monthly in Center City Philadelphia. For information about the Center City Book Club, please email Karoline Adler at
The newest book club, Sundays with Smithies, will host its inaugural meeting on November 17, 2019 (see events page for details). They will meet monthly on Sunday afternoons, and will read books written by diverse authors. Email for details.


Past Book Selections by the Philadelphia Regional and the Center City Philadelphia Book Clubs:

Fear of Dying, Erica Jong

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier

On the Move: A Life, by Oliver Sacks

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, by Alexandra Fuller

The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway.

The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O’Connor

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Whistling Vivaldi:  how stereotypes affect us and what we can do  by Claude M. Steele

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Hare with Amber Eyes:  A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, the Free Library’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection for 2014.

Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Road Trip: Adopting and Raising 22 Kids! By Hector and Sue Badeau

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Moloka’I by Alan Brennert

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (Smith’s summer reading selection)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras, translated by Frank Wynne

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka  (the Free Library’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection for 2013)

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (short stories) by Karen Russell.

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

Dreaming in French: the Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, by Alice Kaplan. (Required reading for 2012 first-year Smithies!)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Better or Complications, by Atul Gawande

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, by Edwidge Danticat (part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s One Book, One Philadelphia program).

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

In the Country of Men by Hasham Matar

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, by Alexandra Fuller.

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (Smith ‘86).

Daughters of the Revolution, by Carolyn Cooke.

Unbroken:  A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey.

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens.

The Night Circus, by Erin Morganstern ’00.

The Devil and Dr. Barnes: Portrait of an American Art Collector, by Howard Greenfield.

Art Held Hostage: the Battle over the Barnes Collection, by John Anderson