• 2022 Required Summer Reading for Honors/AP/ACP English Classes 9-12th grades 

    Please note: students should have books available to them for classroom use, either on paper or electronically, when school starts. 


    Students should choose between the titles. Read 1.

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford 

    The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  (Parents, please note: The Invention of Wings is historical fiction depicting the atrocities of slavery and includes some mature content.)  


    Students should choose between the titles. Read 1.

    The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

    The Namesake by Jumpa Lahiri

    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer

    AP Language and Composition (11th grade)

    Students enrolling in AP Language and Composition are expected to read ONE NONFICTION BOOK from those on the list below. If you find another nonfiction book you prefer, please contact your teacher for approval first. If you have questions, you can email AP teachers Erin Crowley, Susie Shelton, James Kerr, or Kathleen Mills. Please do NOT consult an older list of authors; this list has been revised. 

    Students will take an assessment on their summer reading. Teachers may assign personal writing, an oral presentation, an analytical paper, or some other way in which students will be held accountable for the reading and note-taking they completed over the summer. It is not necessary to take notes on separate paper, but marking items of note in the book, either written in or on sticky notes, is a good idea. 


    • Edward Abbey - Desert Solitaire
    • Diane Ackerman - A Natural History of the Senses
    • The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander 
    • Hannah Arendt - Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, The Origins of Totalitarianism
    • Sven Birkerts - The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age, The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again
    • William F. Buckley - Miles Gone By: A Literary Biography
    • Ian Buruma - Year Zero: A History of 1945, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance
    • Nicolas Carr - The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us
    • Rachel Carson - The Sea Around Us, Silent Spring
    • Veronica Chambers (editor)- The Meaning of Michelle: 16 writers on Michelle Obama 
    • Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene
    • Jared Diamond - Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
    • Joan Didion - The Year of Magical Thinking, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album 
    • Annie Dillard - Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
    • W.E.B. DuBois - The Souls of Black Folk, The Talented Tenth
    • Barbara Ehrenreich - Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer
    • Loren Eiseley - The Immense Journey, Darwin’s Century
    • Dave Eggers - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    • M. F. K. Fisher - The Art of Eating, The Gastronomical Me
    • Shelby Foote - The Civil War, Vol. 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville, The Civil War: A Narrative  
    • Thomas Friedman - The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America
    • Paul Fussell - The Great War and Modern Memory, Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
    • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Colored People, 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro
    • Atul Gawande - Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
    • Roxanne Gay - Bad Feminist, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
    • Jane Goodall - In the Shadow of Man, Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey
    • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann 
    • Stephen Jay Gould - Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, The Mismeasure of Man
    • David Halberstam - The Best and the Brightest, The Breaks of the Game
    • Greg Lukenianoff and Jonathan Haidt  -- The Coddling of the American Mind: How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure.
    • Christopher Hitchens- God is Not Great, Hitch 22
    • Edward Hoagland- Cat Man, The Circle Home
    • Kirk Johnson- The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century 
    • Pauline Kael- I Lost it at the Movies
    • Tracy Kidder- Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Soul of a New Machine
    • Martin Luther King, Jr.- Stride toward freedom
    • Maxine Hong Kingston- The Woman Warrior
    • Naomi Klein- No Logo, The Shock Doctrine
    • Lewis Lapham- Money and Class in America, Age of Folly
    • Ursula LeGuin- No Time to Spare
    • Barry Lopez-Arctic Dreams, Of Wolves and Men
    • Bill McKibben- The End of Nature, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
    • John McPhee- Annals of the former world, Coming into the country
    • N. Scott Momaday- House made of Dawn, The Way to Rainy Mountain
    • Siddhartha Mukherjee- The Emperor of all Maladies
    • The Library Book - Susan Orlean 
    • Steven Pinker- Enlightenment Now, The Better Angels of our Nature
    • Michael Pollan- Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, How To Change Your Mind 
    • Francine Prose-Reading like a Writer
    • Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe 
    • Richard Rodriguez- Darling, Brown
    • Carl Sagan: Cosmos, Pale Blue Dot
    • Scott Russell Sanders, A Private History of Awe, Hunting for Hope, A Conservationist Manifesto
    • What We Owe One Another - T.M. Scanlon 
    • A.O. Scott- Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art 
    • Simon Schama- The Power of Art, Landscape and Memory
    • Leslie Marmom Silko- Ceremony, Almanac of the dead
    • Clint Smith - How the Word is Passed 
    • Susan Sontag - On Photography
    • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson 
    • Men We Reaped - Jesmyn Ward

    W131 ACP (12th grade) 

    Students should email W131 teachers Kristin Wintin, Erin Crowley, Lauren Mark, or Susie Shelton with questions. 

    No book assigned. Instead, read this: W131 Reading from The Atlantic

    AP Literature and Composition (12th grade)

    Students should read AT LEAST one of the paired sets of novels below (that is, a minimum of two novels). Students are encouraged to read more than one pairing. See AP Lit. teachers Ian Rickerby and Bogdan Rakic with questions. 

    Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
    The Awakening – Kate Chopin

    Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    The Quiet American--Graham Greene 

    Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
    A Passage to India -- E.M. Forster 

    Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
    Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen

    Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    Beloved – Toni Morrison