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Summer Reading List

Every student in every grade should read our
One School, One Book choice for 2013:

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Unless your class is listed below, you should also read two books of your choice.

Some classes require specific summer reading:

Students entering Honors Sophomore English should read one book of your choice, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and Outliers.

Students entering Honors Junior English should read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, in addition to Outliers.

Students entering Honors Sophomore MGC (Modern Global Communities) should read one book of choice, Outliers, and EITHER The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman or The Post-American World (Release 2.0) by Fareed Zakaria.

Students entering Honors Junior MGC (Modern Global Communities) should read Passing by Nella Larsen, and Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, in addition to Outliers.

Students entering Shakespeare should read Outliers, Shakespeare: The World As Stage by Bill Bryson (C1) or Will In The World by Stephen Greenblatt (Honors) and one book of choice.

All students entering Senior MGC: Words That Changed The World should read Outliers, and Black Ice by Lorene Cary. Honors students only should also read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, while students enrolled in C1 and C2 should read one book of choice.

Students enrolled for honors in African American Literature should read Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Outliers, and one book of choice.

Students entering AP English Literature are required to read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and Atonement by Ian McEwan, and should be prepared to compare the two works during the first week of school. Students should also read Outliers.

Students entering AP English Language should read Outliers and one set of three books that in some way relates to the overall question: What does it mean to be an American? When you return in the fall, you will be asked to write an essay that develops an original idea in response to the arguments and thoughts in the books you have read. You do not need to take notes or otherwise write anything over the summer, but reactions or responses you do write down may be helpful to you as you write your essay.

Choose one of these sets of books related to the overall theme:

Coming to America (choose three)

  • Coyotes by Ted Conover
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  • Tearing at the Silence: On Being German in America by Ursula Hegi
  • Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
  • New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser

Being Poor in America (choose three)

  • Random Family by Adrian Nicole Leblanc
  • The Corner by David Simon
  • Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • American Dream by Jason DeParle
  • Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America by Leon Dash

Race in America (choose three)

  • How Race is Lived in America by the Staff of the New York Times
  • The Content of Our Character by Shelby Steele
  • Race Matters by Cornell West
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
  • Caucasia by Danzy Senna

Being Different in America (choose three)

  • Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural by Claudine C. O'Hearn
  • Tearing at the Silence: On Being German in America by Ursula Hegi
  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
  • All-American Boy by Scott Peck
  • Middlesex by Jeffry Eugenides

Being Female in America (choose three)

  • Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
  • Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher
  • Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy
  • Backlash by Susan Faludi
  • Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women by Christina Hoff-Sommers

Eating in America (choose three)

  • Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
  • Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
  • Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

If you have any questions, you can reach Mr. Baron at brian_baron@newton.k12.ma.us or Mr. Kaplan at alexander_kaplan@newton.k12.ma.us.

If either Mr. Kaplan or Mr. Baron read anything relevant the topics above over the summer, they may tweet about it using the hashtag #apnshs.