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Summer Reading

Summer of 2020

  • English 1 and 1 Honors: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, 978-1400032716
  • English 2 and 2 Honors: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, 978-1770864863
  • English 3 and 3 Honors: The Leavers by Lisa Ko, 978-1616206888
  • English 4: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, 978-0399588198
  • AP English Literature, to be read in addition to the English 4 reading: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 978-0307455192

In addition to the one English Department book above, all students must choose one other title for summer reading. They will be e-mailed the link to a form (found here) to complete about the title they select from the list of eight choices below; responses are due by the end of August and will be shared with all teachers, coaches and dormitory staff. The eight choices are as follows:


  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


  • Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  • Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The required reading is just a start to a full summer’s worth; the following books have given both students and teachers pleasure over the years. Read!

Time-Honored Reads

William Armstrong, Sounder
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Willa Cather, My Antonia
John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
John Grisham, Litigators
John Guare, Six Degrees of Separation
David Guterson, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
Homer, The Odyssey (Fagles, trans.)
James Joyce, Dubliners
Milan Kundera, Unbearable Lightness of Being
Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Flannery O'Connor, The Complete Stories
George Orwell, 1984
J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle
John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
John Steinbeck, East of Eden
John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Pevear and Volokhonsky, trans.)
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Richard Wright, Black Boy

More Recent Recommended Reads

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
Kate Atkinson, One Good Turn
Bill Bryson, At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Caleb Carr, The Alienist
Michael Chabon, The Adventures of Kavalier and Klay
Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One
Jim Crace, Being Dead
Roddy Doyle, The Woman Who Walked into Doors
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point
Donald Hall, White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006
Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken
Susanna Kaysen, Girl Interrupted
Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
Tony Kushner, Angels in America
Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
Mario Varga Llosa, The Feast of the Goat
David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross
Henning Mankell, The Fifth Woman
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Conor McPherson, The Seafarer
Lorrie Moore, Birds of America
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
Marsha Norman, 'night, Mother
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
Jamie O'Neil, At Swim, Two Boys
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Nathaniel Philbrick, Mayflower
Chaim Potak, My Name is Asher Lev
Chaim Potak, The Chosen
Steven Pressfield's The Gates of Fire
Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Richard Russo, Empire Falls
Richard Russo, Straight Man
José Saramago, Blindness
Curtis Sittenfeld, American Wife
Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels
Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor's Tale I and II
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces
Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
Tobias Wolff, The Night in Question
David Wroblewski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel
Marcus Zusak, The Book Thief