Summer Reading List

2022 Summer Reading List for Glynn First-Year Scholars.


The Summer Read is one of the hallmarks of the Glynn experience. At the start of the Fall Semester, Glynn First-Year Scholars meet to discuss books selected by upper-level Scholars. Students not only engage in thought-provoking conversations, but also have the opportunity to get to know members of the Glynn community, including the Directors and other Scholars.

Since there are just three books on the list, we strongly recommend reading all of them so that you can better participate in the discussion. Links are provided to suggested editions on Amazon. Books can also be accessed at your public library, on audiobook apps, or through an interlibrary loan.


Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (Vintage, 2006)
This dystopian novel follows the lives of Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth, best friends who attend Hailsham, a British boarding school in the 1980s. Like the other children at Hailsham, they are separated from the rest of society because, as their caretakers tell them, they have a special purpose. Ishiguro’s gripping story uses the theme of friendship to ask big questions about what it means to be human in the wake of technological change. The book is available here.


Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker (Scribner, 2017)
For undergraduate students, a good night’s sleep can be important but elusive. Walker’s non-fiction study examines the benefits of sleep and illustrates how this most basic of practices can make us healthier, smarter, and more creative. This book is a must-read for every college student. You can find the book here. 


Just Mercy A Story Of Justice And Redemption

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (One World, 2015). Just Mercy is a memoir, telling the story of the Equal Justice Initiative, which has, since 1989, re-examined the cases of death row inmates whose convictions were marked by either judicial malfeasance or apathy, or both. The book has been made into a movie, but you can find it in its original form at Amazon here.