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Salisbury School Summer Reading

English Summer Reading

This year the English Department is asking that students keep a reading journal to track their thoughts as they

work through the main summer read. The reading journal will be collected at the beginning of school, and it will

join with an additional assessment to form the student’s summer reading grade.

1. The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay III Form

2. One free choice from the attached list (9th grade) * Students in the IV form choose one of the first three selections listed.

1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

2. Dead Wake, by Erik Larson IV Form*

3. Demian, by Hermann Hesse (10th grade)

4. One free choice from the attached list * Students in the V form choose one of the first three selections listed.

1. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

2. Old School, by Tobias Wolff V Form*

3. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (11th grade)

4. One free choice from the attached list * Students in the VI form choose one of the first three selections listed.

1. The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri

2. The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson VI Form*

3. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (12th grade)

4. One free choice from the attached list **Students signed up for this AP course are required to read these additional books.

AP English Literature

1. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy and Composition**

2. Decline and Fall, by Evelyn Waugh **Students signed up for this AP courses are required to read this additional AP Language and book.


1. Landmarks, by Robert MacFarlane Math Summer Reading

1. Armchair Economist: Economics & Everyday Life AP Microeconomics Paperback – March 1, 1995 by Steven E. Landsburg AP Statistics 1. Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell History Summer Reading

1. Gates

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In addition to the English summer reading requirements by form and for a particular course, every student is required to read a minimum of one book from the following list. Short descriptions provide a glimpse of the content.

Anson, Robert Sam: Best Intentions: The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry Edmund Perry arrived at the elite Phillips Exeter Academy from Harlem in the fall of 1981, graduating with honors four years later. Yet, as far from the city streets as Exeter’s ivy-covered campus took him, the Siren-song of New York City’s streets lured him back. Just two weeks after his graduation, Perry was shot dead by a plainclothes policeman during a mugging. The questions How? and Why? still resonate 30 years later in Anson’s probing, painstakingly researched investigation of Perry’s years at Exeter, how he assimilated as an inner-city black to the tradition-bound and predominantly white prep school, and why he joined his brother in an attempted robbery on that fateful June night.

Recommended for all students, especially V and VI Formers Benioff, David: City of Thieves During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men. (From a review at Amazon.com) Recommended for all students Brown, Dee: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Dee Brown has written a superbly researched and very readable account of a thirty-year slice of history about the Native Americans of the West. He focuses on the national disgrace in the way Native Americans were treated by the “white men.” Brown’s narrative begins with the Long Walk of the Navajos in 1860 and ends thirty years later with the massacre of Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee. Brown effectively portrays the elegance, eloquence, bravery, and pathos of the Native American in this vivid historical account.

Recommended for all students Carlin, John: Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation This true-life account chronicles the way Nelson Mandela rose to political power in South Africa and was able to finally use his influence and uncanny charisma to unite the country. While in prison, Mandela realizes that if he can use the country's rugby team, the Springboks – which had historically been a symbol of the ruling, racist, white side of the political spectrum – as a common focal point for ALL of the people of South Africa, blacks as well as whites, then social and political unity might be possible. This inspirational story shows how one man can make an enormous difference even when all odds appear to be against him. The reader is shown the positive side of politics, the power of vision, and the extraordinary results when one never gives up.

Recommended for all students 7-6-2016 Page 4 Salisbury School Summer Reading Carlson, Ron: The Speed of Light Three best friends spend the summer playing baseball, exploring their small town, and trying to figure out the secrets of the universe. While conducting elaborate and often dangerous science experiments, the boys move towards an understanding of bullying and girls, and they discover the cause of one father’s violent behavior. Like most of Carlson’s work, this one is for both young and old. Carlson began his teaching career at Salisbury Summer School. Recently named Regents Professor at Arizona State University, he has written widely acclaimed collections of short stories and three novels.

Recommended for all students Chbosky, Stephen: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Recommended for all students Coetzee, J.M.: Waiting for the Barbarians The first author to win England’s prestigious Booker Prize twice and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Coetzee tells the story of a collapsing British Empire from the perspective of a petty dignitary who has been exiled to the Empire’s farthest border. This painful story juxtaposes a final struggle for personal redemption with institutional and personal failures. The setting is at once imaginary, anonymous, and yet reminiscent of Franz Kafka’s strangest worlds.

Recommended for V and VI Formers Crowley, John: Little Big Set in upstate New York, this story follows several generations of a family with mysterious connections to other worlds. It is a subtle fairy tale that reads like a dream.

Recommended for all students Duncan, David James: The River Why Gus Orviston is a young fly fisherman who leaves behind his comically schizoid family to find his own path. Taking refuge in a remote cabin, he sets out in pursuit of the Pacific Northwest's elusive steelhead. But what begins as a physical quarry becomes a spiritual one as his quest for self-knowledge batters him with unforeseeable experiences.

Recommended for III and IV Formers Earley, Tony: Jim, the Boy This short novel takes place in a small town in North Carolina during the Great Depression.

The title character is ten-year old Jim, whose mother and three uncles work together to guide him through life’s lessons with both compassion and toughness. The looming presence of a grandfather whom he has never met and who is reputed to be a terrifying and tyrannical old man is in contrast to the otherwise serene tone set by the author as the reader watches ordinary people going about their lives.

Recommended for III Formers 7-6-2016 Page 5 Salisbury School Summer Reading Ellison, Ralph: Invisible Man A black teenager – promising, naïve, college-bound – meets with vicious humiliation and trickery as he plunges into and out of college, the New York working world, a whirlwind of success in Harlem, Stalinism, and the Black Nationalism/Black Power movements. The book is a first-person account of a pile-up of episodes in which the narrator is often lost or misguided, with the reader traveling close beside him. Written in 1952, Ellison’s work represents an early and prophetic view of how the African-American experience in the United States was about to evolve, while Ellison’s literary style mirrors the new movement toward stream-of-consciousness in writing.

Recommended for V and VI Formers Green, John: Looking for Alaska Before…. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave even more “the Great Perhaps” (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young: the gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, selfdestructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into “the Great Perhaps,” and steals his heart. Then….

After. Nothing is ever the same.

Recommended for all students Guthrie, Woody: Bound for Glory This is the autobiography of one of America’s most famous singer-songwriters (This Land is Your Land, If You Ain’t Got The Do-Re-Mi, Pastures of Plenty, and thousands more). Guthrie’s influence spans from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen to Billy Bragg. His writing displays the same keen descriptive eye, sharp social commentary, and championing of the common man that his songs are known for. Bound for Glory makes an excellent companion work to Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Fans of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road will find in Guthrie a spiritual and literary forebear to the well-known Beat writer.

Recommended for all students, especially V Formers Haruf, Kent: Plainsong In rural Colorado, the McPheron brothers, who are elderly bachelors, work the family homestead in a routine they have been following for decades. Their lives are interrupted and forever changed by the arrival of a pregnant seventeen-year-old girl who has been kicked out of the house by her unforgiving mother. Curiosity, dignity, humor, and compassion weave through this story of the creation of a new and unlikely family.

Recommended for all students Hemingway, Ernest: The Nick Adams Stories The main protagonist in most of these classic short stories, Nick Adams, parallels the author’s own experiences from boyhood to young adulthood. Noted for their realistic glimpses of human nature, these stories are a must for any fan of nature, the short story genre, and human emotion. Hemingway’s spare-yet-revelatory style influenced a generation of writers and continues to attract disciples today.

Recommended for all students 7-6-2016 Page 6 Salisbury School Summer Reading Ishiguro, Kazuo: The Remains of the Day Ishiguro presents a picture of English country life amidst the British aristocracy through the eyes of a shrewd and perceptive – yet emotionally blind, duty-bound to a fault – butler during the years just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. Winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, The Remains of the Day touches on many of life’s most personal yet universal themes and catapulted Ishiguro to international fame. It remains (no pun intended) high on lists of the greatest novels of the past half-century.

Recommended for V and VI Formers Jones, Edward P: The Known World This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of Henry Townsend, a former slave. To the dismay of his father, who worked for years to buy his family’s freedom, Henry grew up to become a plantation and slave owner. After Henry dies, his wife must take over the plantation and make the choice between freeing the slaves and “preserving her legacy.” The story takes place in fictional Manchester County, Virginia and deals with the moral issues of slavery, focusing in particular on the struggles of free black men and woman in the South just prior to the Civil War.

Recommended for V and VI formers Kahn, Roger: The Head Game Although touted as a look at baseball from the pitcher’s perspective, this is actually a history of the evolution of pitching from the origins of the game in the mid-1800s to the modern day.

Kahn chronicles the inventors and top practitioners of each pitch in the modern repertoire as well as the role of deception and intimidation in the pitcher’s craft. He also profiles the greats of each era, including the remarkable “Old Hoss” Radbourn, whose 1884 season with the Providence Greys is positively eye-popping: 59 or 60 wins (the number is disputed), over 60 complete games, and 678 innings pitched – one of six seasons in which Radbourn threw over 400 innings! Sheer delight for any baseball fan.

Recommended for all students Leavy, Jane: Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy Sandy Koufax was arguably the greatest pitcher of his era, his dominance over a five-year period in the 60s virtually unmatched in the annals of pitching. Leavy’s biography, however, is more than just a highlight reel of Koufax’s extraordinary exploits on the baseball diamond.

Leavy places Koufax in the midst of the turbulent time during which he rose to fame – the 1950s and 60s – and examines what it meant to be the most prominent Jewish athlete of that era.

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