Stanford Three Books Program

Stanford University is one of the highest ranking universities in the United States, and in the world, and getting accepted in Stanford is very competetive. There has been a very interesting tradition in Stanford University starting from 2004. Each year a faculty member selects three books for incoming undergraduate students to read over the summer. This is known as Three Books program. This gets more interesting because then during the new students orientation, Stanford invites authors of these books for a panel round table discussion, and students can ask authors about their books. This is a beautiful tradition at Stanford that encourages students to read, think and talk about interesting subjects. Here are the books that have been suggested each year starting from 2004.

2017
Suggested by: Noah Diffenbaughm, Professor of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

Homegoing:
A novel

Salvage
Salvage the Bonesthe Bones

Homegoing:
A novel

2016
Suggested by: Elizabeth Tallent, Professor of English

We Need
New Names

A Paradise
Built in Hell

We
the Animals

2015
Suggested by: John Hennessy, President of Stanford University

The
Innovators

This Boy’s Life:
A Memoir

Cane
River

2014
Suggested by: Persis Drell, Dean of the School of Engineering and Professor of Physics

My Year
of Meats

Physics for
Future Presidents

Radioactive:
Marie & Pierre Curie

2013
Suggested by: Nicholas Jenkins, Associate Professor of English

The
Outsourced Self

The Art
of Fielding

First They
Killed My Father

2012
Suggested by: Mark Applebaum, Associate Professor of Music

My Kid
Could Paint That

Fargo
Rock City

Smule
Ge Wang

2011
Suggested by: Scott Sagan, Professor of Political Science

March
.

The Violence
of Peace

One Bullet
Away

2010
Suggested by: Debra Satz, Professor of Philosophy

The Spirit Catches
You and …

Strength in
What Remains

Will You
Always Love Me?

2009
Suggested by: Harry Elam, Professor of Drama, and Michele Elam, Professor of English and Program in African and African American Studies

Hunger: A Novella
and Stories

Outliers: The
Story of Success

My Own
Country

2008
Suggested by: Andrea Lunsford, Professor of English

One!
Hundred! Demons!

The Brief Wondrous
Life of Oscar Wao

Drinking Coffee
Elsewhere

2007
Suggested by: Kenneth Fields, Professor of English

Good Woman:
Poems and a Memoir

The Way to
Rainy Mountain

Jealous-Hearted Me:
And Other Stories

2006
Suggested by: Tobias Wolff, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English

Mountains
Beyond Mountains

How to
Breathe Underwater

The
Kite Runner

2005
Suggested by: Hazel Markus, Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences

M.
Butterfly

Annie John:
A Novel

Old
School

2004
Suggested by: Steven J. Zipperstein, Faculty Director of Undergraduate Advising

Middlesex:
A Novel

Brown: The Last
Discovery of America

Caucasia:
A Novel


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