Bookshelf in the Glynn Longue

The Glynn Summer Read: 2022

Glynn first-year scholars read a common set of books, selected by current Glynn scholars, over the summer before they start Notre Dame. They meet to discuss the books at a festive event at the start of the fall semester. Students engage in thought-provoking conversations and get to know one another and other members of the Glynn community, including the directors and other scholars.

Below are the books for 2022. 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 book cover

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


Why We Sleep book cover

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


Just Mercy book cover

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.