Summer Reading 2020


For the first time since its inception in 2013, the 2020 ASR includes multiple books. By choosing one of the six books, readers may explore a range of topics, including immigration, race relations, love, justice, poverty, and more!



Welcome to our Summer Reading guide for the upcoming 2020-21 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.


All English class-specific titles are part of our core curriculum and are chosen to support the work you will do throughout the year. Click on the title of your Form below to read a review. Knowledge of these Form titles will be assessed immediately upon your return to school.  


For students taking AP or Advanced courses, your teacher has chosen a book or excerpts from books that will add to your understanding of the material you will cover in your course.

AP English Language
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

AP English Literature
The Wall: A Novel by John Lanchester

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
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

AP U.S. Government & Politics
The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country by Howard Fineman

AP U.S. History
Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Advanced Economics
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan

AP Biology
The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters by Sean B. Carroll

AP Environmental Science
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

AP Physics
Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller

Advanced Environmental Science Research
Field Notes on Science and Nature edited by Michael R. Canfield

Advanced Math/Science Research
At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator by Kathy Barker
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee