Past Honors Reads

2022 – Braiding Sweetgrass (Robin Wall Kimmerer)

2021- Becoming Nicole (Amy Ellis Nutt)

2020 – Rising Out of Hatred (Eli Saslow)

2019 – Educated (Tara Westover)

2018 – Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)

2017 – The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mohsin Hamid)

2016 – The Narrow Road To The Deep North (Richard Flanagan)

2015 – Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

2014 – Eaarth (Bill McKibben)

2013 – The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell)

2012 – What is the What (Dave Eggers)

2011 – The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Michael Pollan)

2010 – Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)

2009 – The Lucifer Effect (Philip Zimbardo)

2008 – The Survival of the Bark Canoe (John McPhee)

2007 – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig)

2006 – War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (Christopher Hedges)

2005 – Waiting for the Barbarians (J.M. Coetzee)

2004 – Living Downstream (Sandra Steingraber)

2003 – Guns, Germs, and Steel (Jared Diamond)

2002 – Honeymoon in Purdah (Alison Wearing)


The University of Maine Class Book

The success of the Honors Read is built on a ten-year tradition at The University of Maine, the Class Book.  Between 1992 and 2002, the Faculty Senate, in consultation with the Department of English, chose a book to be read, both in English 101 and wherever it would inform the curriculum, by all first-year students.  Serving as an intellectual focus for the campus, the Class Book was a great experiment.  In many ways, the Honors Read was designed to reproduce the energy and excitement of the Class Book project.

2001-02 Hearts in Atlantis (Stephen King)

2000-01 – The Color of Water (James McBride)

1999-00 –  A Midwife’s Tale (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich)

1998-99 – Lies My Teacher Told Me (James Loewen)

1997-98 – The Ecology of Commerce (Paul Hawken)

1996-97 – I,Rigoberta Menchú (Rigoberta Menchú)

1995-96 – The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien)

1994-95 – The Disuniting of America (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.)

1993-94 – Lying (Sissela Bok)

1992-93 – Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes (Stephen Jay Gould)

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