The summer reading lists at America's most prestigious private schools

For many people, the summer months symbolise pleasure reading at its best.

It’s a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you’ve always meant to start.

But students at America’s most prestigious private schools must still endure the rigors of homework during their summer vacations with a little reading — some required, some merely recommended. The topics of the titles cover issues such as war, sexuality, and racial history.

Check out the reading lists of rising seniors at reputable private schools across the US:

The Hotchkiss School -- Lakeville, Connecticut

Students must read three books of their choosing plus the required items below:

Read (novel) -- 'The Things They Carried
,' by Tim O'Brien

Watch -- 'The Hunger Games
' (2012)

Read (poem) -- 'A Work of Artifice,' by Marge Piercy

Ransom Everglades School -- Miami, Florida

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