Summer Reading 2019
The 2019 ASR is We Should All Be Feminists, an essay by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie. Published in 2014 and adapted from the popular 2012 TEDx talk of the same name, this essay uses examples from Adichie’s personal life to define the term “feminist” and to argue how important it is, in our modern lives, that we all embrace ideals of gender equality.
FALL OF ROME
by MARTHA SOUTHGATE
Latin instructor Jerome Washington is a man out of place. The lone African-American teacher at the Chelsea School, an elite all-boys boarding school in Connecticut, he has spent nearly two decades trying not to appear too "racial." So he is unnerved when Rashid Bryson, a promising black inner-city student who is new to the school, seeks Washington as a potential ally against Chelsea's citadel of white privilege. Preferring not to align himself with Bryson, Washington rejects the boy's friendship. Surprised and dismayed by Washington's response, Bryson turns instead to Jana Hansen, a middle-aged white divorcée who is also new to the school -- and who has her own reasons for becoming involved in the lives of both Bryson and Washington.
Southgate makes her debut as a writer to watch in this compelling, provocative tale of how race and class ensnare Hansen, Washington, and Bryson as they journey toward an inevitable and ultimately tragic confrontation.
HOPE AND OTHER DANGEROUS PURSUITS
by LAILA LALAMI
In her exciting debut, Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco and offers an authentic look at the Muslim immigrant experience today.
The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. There’s Murad, a gentle, educated man who’s been reduced to hustling tourists around Tangier; Halima, who’s fleeing her drunken husband and the slums of Casablanca; Aziz, who must leave behind his devoted wife to find work in Spain; and Faten, a student and religious fanatic whose faith is at odds with an influential man determined to destroy her future.
What has driven these men and women to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a gripping book about people in search of a better future.
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
by CELESTE NG
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
BORN A CRIME
by TREVOR NOAH
Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.
Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.
The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.
ABOUT SUMMER READING
Welcome to our Summer Reading guide for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. We ask you to read over the summer because we believe reading expands your worldview, exposes you to new ideas and enriches your life.
AP English Language
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
AP English Literature
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Advanced French IV
Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
AP French Language & Culture
Le fils du pauvre by Mouloud Feraoun
AP Spanish Language & Culture
San Manuel Bueno, Mártir by Miguel de Unamuno
AP Comparative Government & Politics
A Massacre in Mexico: The True Story Behind the Missing Forty-Three Students by Anabel Hernandez
AP U.S. Government & Politics
The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country by Howard Fineman
AP U.S. History
These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles J. Wheelan
The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters by Sean B. Carroll
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks
AP Environmental Science
Wild Thoughts from Wild Places by David Quammen
Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller