Common Reads: First-Year Experience

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Selected to captivate the minds of readers and inspire participation in engaging group conversations, Harvard University Press’s “Common Reads: First-Year Experience” collection aims to bolster a feeling of community within an assembly of scholars.

Beyond the books highlighted below, we recommend discovering the wisdom of the ancients with the digital Loeb Classical Library, offering our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage—epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; and much more—with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations.

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Jacket: The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, by Lindsay Chervinsky, from Harvard University Press

Why You Should Participate in an (Online) Book Club

Online book clubs can be a rewarding way to connect with readers, Lindsay Chervinsky discovered, when she was invited to join one to discuss her book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution. Since my book was published in April 2020, I’ve discovered that my work appeals to three main audiences. First, the general readers who are enthusiastic about history, attend virtual events, and tend to support local historic sites. Second, readers who are curious about our government institutions and the current political climate and are looking for answers about its origins. And third, history, social studies, and government teachers