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					AP English Language Summer Reading

Hi there! I hope you are as excited as I am about this new course at Lakeside. Listed
below are two categories of non-fiction books reflective of the types of readings we will
discuss in class next year. As you enjoy your summer break, I hope you will also enjoy
your required reading-at least one book from each group. Because you will be responsible
for discussing the two works when we return to school in August, I suggest you buy your
own copies so that you can underline/highlight/bracket significant passages to review
later. You might also benefit from jotting down your initial thoughts in the margins.

Read at least one book from this group:

All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

An American Childhood by Annie Dillard

Black Boy by Richard Wright

Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Personal History by Katharine Graham

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Woman Warrior: A Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

Read at least one book from this group*:

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution-and How It Can Renew
America by Thomas Friedman

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

On Photography by Susan Sontag

Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen
Hall Jamieson

The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman

*Because this AP English Language course requires you both to evaluate an author’s
argument and synthesize information, I would also like you to find three different news
articles (from sources like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist,
Time, or Newsweek) that defend or refute the arguments presented in the book you have
chosen from this second group of books. If you’re not already accustomed to reading
news and opinion pieces, this is a good time to start. Not only will you be more
interesting to talk to, but also you will become a more informed writer.

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