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					                 THE ELLIS SCHOOL LIBRARY

                    SUMMER READING 2009

     In his book, The Power of Reading, Stephen Krashen
discusses the educational benefits that come from pleasure
reading.    For instance, people who read more, typically
read better, have a more mature writing style, and a larger
vocabulary.    Pleasure reading has been linked to better
performance on reading comprehension tests.        And, as
Terrance Paul reports in Patterns of Reading Practice,
recent   studies   have   shown  that   increasing  reading
positively impacts performance in other subjects such as
math.   The more you read, the better you are at it.    The
better you are at it, the more you do read.

     The research is good because it validates what we
already know: reading is worthwhile. But it also has the
effect of making reading—pleasure reading—seem awfully
formal; the fact that reading is FUN comes across as
secondary. And it shouldn’t be.

     This is a list of some of the best books that we know;
there are some marvelous titles here that explore all
aspects of the human experience.    Except for the required
titles, these lists shouldn’t be seen as prescriptive. Use
them as guides or as places to start.     But remember that
pleasure reading should be just that: pleasure. Spend the
summer reading—anything and everything. Enjoy.
                     Entering Grade 12
                  Required Summer Reading

     English Studies, AP and Regular

          Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the D’Urbervilles
          Rostand, Edmond – Cyrano de Bergerac

     Cultural Anthropology

          Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock – Guests of the Sheik:
                                    Ethnography of an Iraqi
          Turnbull, Colin - Forest People

     AP European History

          Sobel, Dava – Galileo’s Daughter

     AP US Government and Politics

          Berkin, Carol – A Brilliant Solution: Inventing
          the American

     AP Latin

          Mendelbaum, Allen – The Aeneid of Virgil

     Texts and Contexts

          Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the D’Urbervilles
          Rostand, Edmond – Cyrano de Bergerac
          Woolf, Virginia – Orlando
                          (Harcourt edition ISBN
Additional Reading


Allende, Isabel - Daughter of Fortune
             Eva Luna
Atwood, Margaret - The Blind Assassin
                  The Cat’s Eye
                 The Handmaid’s Tale
Austen, Jane - Emma
Bebris, Carrie – North by Northanger
          Suspense and Sensibility
Bowen, Elizabeth - The Death of the Heart
Brink, Andre - A Dry White Season
Bronte, Charlotte - Villette
Carey, Lorene - Pride: A Novel
Chevalier, Tracy – Lady and the Unicorn
Conrad, Joseph - Lord Jim
Dickens, Charles – David Copperfield
               Great Expectations
               Oliver Twist
               A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Brothers Karamazov
Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Drabble, Margaret - Waterfall
                              The Peppered Moth
Eliot, George - Middlemarch
Forster, E. M. - Howards End
                 A Room with a View
Galsworthy, John - The Forsyte Saga
Gibbons, Kaye - A Virtuous Woman
Gruen, Sara – Water for Elephants
Hardy, Thomas - The Mayor of Casterbridge
Heller, Joseph - Catch-22
Hogan, Linda - Solar Storms
Jones, Lloyd – Mister Pip
Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kingsolver, Barbara - The Poisonwood Bible
                    Prodigal Summer
Kostova, Elizabeth – The Historian
Lawson, Mary – Crow Lake
Lee, Chang-rae - Native Speaker
Llewellyn, Richard - How Green Was My Valley
Maugham, Somerset - Of Human Bondage

McEwan, Ian – Atonement
          On Chesil Beach
Morrison, Toni – Paradise
Morrow, James – The Philosopher’s Apprentice
Murdoch, Iris - Under the Net
Otto, Whitney - How to Make an American Quilt
Pearl, Matthew - The Dante Club
Pears, Iain - The Dreams of Scipio
            An Instance of the Fingerpost
Philips, Arthur – The Egyptologist
Rushdie, Salman - Midnight’s Children
Quindlen, Anna - Black and Blue
Shaffer, May Ann – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel
Sterne, Laurence - Tristram Shandy
Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair
Tyler, Anne - Ladder of Years
Urquhart, Jane - The Stone Carvers
Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse


Brooks, Geraldine - Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World
of Islamic Women
Goleman, Daniel - Emotional Intelligence
Gordon, Lyndall - Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life
Marsh, Jan - Christina Rossetti: A Writer’s Life
Paine, Thomas - The Rights of Man
Powell, Colin - My American Journey
Weir, Alison - Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord
A Whole Other Ball Game: Women’s Literature on Women’s


Beckett, Samuel - Krapp’s Last Tape
Fugard, Athol – Master Harold and the Boys
Goldsmith, Oliver - She Stoops to Conquer
Pinter, Harold - The Birthday Party
Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
Shaw, George Bernard - Major Barbara
Synge, John M. - Playboy of the Western World
Wilde, Oscar - The Importance of Being Earnest

Summer Reading: English Studies

This coming September, we will travel to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in
Stratford, Canada, where we will see Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Macbeth,
and West Side Story—an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. In preparation, I am
asking you to read Cyrano, written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand, a popular and
moving play that has seen many productions and film adaptations through the
years. Read the introduction to the edition you have so that you will have a
background to the play. Or you can find information online –see, for example,
http.//www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Cyrano de Bergerac (play).

In addition, I am asking you to read Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the
D’Urbervilles, an English Victorian novel (1895), which tells the story of a young
woman who violates her culture’s notion of “purity” and is condemned for it. As
he challenges his society’s harsh and unforgiving moral proscriptions, Hardy
defends Tess’s innocence and asks us to reflect on our own moral assumptions.
As you read, think about Hardy’s notion of the truly moral person and decide
whether or not you agree. (Who, in your mind, is the moral person?)

 I urge you, as well, to read a contemporary novel of your choice, perhaps from
the list of titles provided.

Have a wonderful summer of reading!

Dr. Greco

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