The Swarthmore Book Group is composed of Swarthmore alumni, parents of Swarthmore students, and interested others, who meet in discussion groups all over the metro area during the academic year to read books on a common theme. One section meets on the third Monday of the month at Politics & Prose, and anyone is welcome to join, on a regular or drop-in basis. 

To join the email list and get updates about the group that meets at P&P, email Teresa Rankin, Tsrankin7@gmail.com. To find out more about the area-wide Swarthmore Book Group, email Carin Ruff, carinr@gmail.com.

For 2014-15, the theme is "Endings and Elegies." The texts for the year are:

1. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

2. L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between

3. Anglo-Saxon elegiac poetry selected from Greg Delanty and Michael Matto, The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation: "The Wanderer"; "The Seafarer"; "The Ruin"; "The Wife's Lament"; "Deor". Romantic and Victorian elegiac poetry (choose your own text or anthology): Wordsworth, "Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey"; Tennyson, "In Memoriam"; Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach" and "Consolation"
4. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard
5. Joseph Roth, The Radetzky March
6. Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
7. Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
8. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
ISBN: 9780316216456
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 11th, 2012

By L. P. Hartley, Colm Toibin (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780940322998
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Published: New York Review of Books - March 31st, 2002

By Greg Delanty (Editor), Michael Matto (Editor), Seamus Heaney (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780393342413
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 9th, 2012

ISBN: 9780375714795
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Published: Pantheon Books - November 6th, 2007

By Joseph Roth, Joachim Neugroschel (Translator), Nadine Gordimer (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781585673261
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Published: Overlook Press - August 2002

ISBN: 9780679731726
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Published: Vintage Books USA - September 12th, 1990

ISBN: 9780385721677
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Published: Anchor Books - March 30th, 2004

ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade - August 17th, 2004