Upper School Summer Reading (Summer 2017)

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

Suggested Reading:
English | Math

Note: All regular 9th, 10th, and 11th grade offerings are available in the bookstore. Last updated on May 24, 2017.

GRADE 9

BRUNSWICK TRUST
    • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change your Life… and Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
ENGLISH
Download the Reading Questions PDF for The Underground Railroad.
    • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
MODERN WORLD HISTORY
Students are only required to read Chapters 5-10 on Spirits, Coffee, and Tea. Download the Primer/Reading Guidelines PDF.
    • A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage




GRADE 10

BRUNSWICK TRUST
    • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change your Life… and Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
ENGLISH
Download the Reading Questions PDF for The Underground Railroad.
    • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
REGULAR U.S. HISTORY
    • Brave Companions by David McCullough



GRADE 11

BRUNSWICK TRUST
    • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change your Life… and Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
ENGLISH
Download the Reading Questions PDF for The Underground Railroad.
    • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
REGULAR U.S. HISTORY
    • Brave Companions by David McCullough



GRADE 12

BRUNSWICK TRUST
    • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change your Life… and Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
ENGLISH
Download the Reading Questions PDF for The Underground Railroad.

    • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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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 & POLITICS
  • A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Consitution by Carol Berkin
U.S. HISTORY (select one)
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
WORLD HISTORY
  • A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
  • How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer
ECONOMICS
  • Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan
PSYCHOLOGY
  • (BWK students) Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher and Ruth Ross
  • (GA students) Raising Cain by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
ART HISTORY
  • N/A
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
    • Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall
ADDITIONAL NOTES
    • US History students will also receive an email about particulars for the assignment related to Brave Companions.
    • US History Civil Rights will not have a summer read this year. In lieu, students will complete a current events project.
    • AP Art History will also not have a summer read. In lieu, students will complete museum visits.

Suggested Reading

ENGLISH

The English Department strongly suggests that all students read one or more of the following books in addition to the two required reads. 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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