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Common Read 2023

This resource guide encourages readers to engage with Hampshire College's 2023 Common Read selection, "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants"

Access the book

Print Copies

A paperback copy of the book has been mailed to all new students the week of June 30. If you don't receive your copy in the mail, please contact: Make sure you pack the book with your belongings when you move to campus! The Five College Libraries also have print copies available to borrow.

Ebook format is linked at the bottom of this page.


Readers can access an audio format of the book by obtaining a Boston Public Library (BPL) eCard. BPL eCards are available to anyone who lives, resides part-time to attend school, owns property, or works in Massachusetts.

The town of Amherst's public library, The Jones Library, is also an option for audiobook access. Refer to this guide prepared by Hampshire's Instructional Technologist, Gaby Richard-Harrington.

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