Upper School Summer Reading (Summer 2020)

Required Reading:
Grade 9 | Grade 10 | Grade 11 | Grade 12 | Advanced Placement | Brunswick Trust


Suggested Reading:
English | Math

GRADE 9

BRUNSWICK TRUST
    • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Makesy
ENGLISH
    • Circe by Madeline Miller (ISBN 9780316556232)
MODERN WORLD HISTORY



GRADE 10

BRUNSWICK TRUST
    • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Makesy
ENGLISH
    • Circe by Madeline Miller (ISBN 9780316556232)
REGULAR U.S. HISTORY



GRADE 11

BRUNSWICK TRUST
    • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Makesy
ENGLISH
    • Circe by Madeline Miller (ISBN 9780316556232)
REGULAR U.S. HISTORY



GRADE 12

BRUNSWICK TRUST
    • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Makesy
ENGLISH
    • Circe by Madeline Miller (ISBN 9780316556232)



ADVANCED PLACEMENT OFFERINGS

NOTE: All students are expected to buy their respective AP books on their own in July when schedules are finalized.

U.S. GOVERNMENT
  • A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Consitution by Carol Berkin
U.S. HISTORY
EUROPEAN HISTORY
  • The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
WORLD HISTORY
  • Assignment will be emailed to students.
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
  • None
ECONOMICS
  • Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan
PSYCHOLOGY
  • Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited by Elise Schein
ART HISTORY
  • Assignment will be emailed to students.
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
    • How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt


Brunswick Trust

For a number of years now, we have asked our older students and their parents to read a selected book each summer as part of the Brunswick Trust program. Consistent with the mission of the Brunswick Trust, each selection — whether fiction or non-fiction — is chosen for its underlying message of fortitude, honor, and perseverance.

With that in mind, we expect few would dispute that this spring has been a uniquely challenging one for all in our community, so this year, after a great deal of consideration, we have chosen to go in a somewhat different direction.

Specifically, we have selected a book that can literally be read and enjoyed by virtually all members of our community — from parents, to Upper, Middle, and even Lower School boys. It can, as you will see, also be easily read to Pre School students. Our choice this summer is The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Makesy. We felt this opportunity for a shared and communal experience was of particular value in our present circumstances.

Although we are aware that on the surface, our selection might seem somewhat simplistic for our older boys, we hope that every reader (whether student or parent) will come to appreciate this year's choice as more of a work of poetry than of prose and perhaps, even more so, as a work of art. As will be clear, this year's choice is a light read indeed and we thought that, too, would be particularly welcome during these times.

Most importantly of all, in our view, it is the inspirational message that is central to our selection that we hope will strengthen and empower us all for the journey ahead.

Many homes may already have a copy, in which case, we urge you all to re-read it. For families that do not yet have a copy, we ask that you purchase your own copy on Amazon or at a local bookstore (if opened).

We hope you and your son enjoy The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse!



Suggested Reading

ENGLISH

The English Department strongly suggests that all students read one or more of the following books in addition to the required read. Teachers will consider giving extra credit to students who read at least one from the following list and who write an essay during the first week of school.
    • Albert Camus: The Plague
    • Anthony Doerr: All the Light We Cannot See
    • Graham Greene: The Power and the Glory
    • William Golding: The Inheritors
    • Hermann Hesse: Siddhartha or Steppenwolf
    • John Irving: The World According to Garp
    • Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
    • Somerset Maugham: The Razor’s Edge
    • Alan Paton: Cry, the Beloved Country
    • J.D. Salinger: Nine Stories
    • Jack Schaefer: Shane
    • John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces
    • Ivan Turgenev: Fathers and Sons
    • Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five
    • Larry Watson: Montana 1948
    • Tobias Wolff: Old School
    • Richard Wright: Black Boy
    • David Wroblewski: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

MATH

The Mathematics Department is not giving required summer reading this year. However, the following books in the fields of math and statistics all make very interesting reading and are highly recommended.

MATH
    • Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics, William Dunham
    • Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem, Simon Singh
    • The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs), Keith Devlin
    • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A. Abbott
    • The Mathematical Tourist: New and Updated Snapshots of Modern Mathematics, Ivars Peterson
    • Brain Busters! Mind-Stretching Puzzles in Math and Logic, Barry R. Clarke
STATISTICS
    • Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
    • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, Dan Ariely
    • The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, Steven D. Levitt
    • Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart, Ian Ayres

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