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 some of America’s most prestigious private schools are digging into substantial works this summer. The required or suggested texts relate to politics, race and identity, and then there are some of those high school classics.
Check out the 2017 reading lists of rising seniors at reputable private schools across the US:
Students must read four books that they choose from a list of over 50. Titles on the list include:
• 'Hillbilly Elegy,' J.D. Vance
• 'The Short and Tragic life of Robert Peace,' by Jeff Hobbs
• 'Half of a Yellow Sun,' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• 'A Clockwork Orange,' by Anthony Burgess
• 'Invisible Man,' by Ralph Ellison
• 'Madame Bovary,' by Gustave Flaubert
English teachers at the school put together the following list of recommended summer reading:
• 'Beloved,' Toni Morrison
• 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem,' by Joan Didion
• 'Native Son,' by Richard Wright
• 'Interpreter of Maladies,' by Jhumpa Lahiri
• 'The Omnivore's Dilemma,' by Michael Pollan
• 'Beowulf,' Seamus Heaney
• 'The Andy Warhol Diaries,' by Andy Warhol
• 'Americanah,' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• 'Welcome to the Monkey House,' by Kurt Vonnegut
• 'Pride and Prejudice,' by Jane Austen
• 'Love in the Time of Cholera,' by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Additional, suggested works include:
• 'The Town That Food Saved,'by Ben Hewitt
• 'The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,' by Jonathan Haidt
• 'Suffragette,' Sarah Gavron
• 'Selma,' Ava DuVernay
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