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2020 Summer Reading

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English Department

Students may purchase copies of the summer reading books in the Milton Academy bookstore or on their own. All students should bring paper copies of the texts to their classes in the fall and should be sure to purchase the specified edition.

Class IV

Class IV English
In the Time of the Butterflies (Julia Alvarez) ISBN: 9781565129764

The Other Wes Moore (Wes Moore) ISBN: 978-0385528207

Class III

Perspectives: Genre and Culture
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr) ISBN: 9781501173219

Founding Voices: Literature from the Ancient World through the Renaissance
The Odyssey (Trans: Fagles) ISBN-10: 0140268863, ISBN-13: 978-0140268867

Performing Literature
The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Sherman Alexie) ISBN: 9780802121998

Seeing Literature
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) ISBN: 9780385490818

Class II

American Literature
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates) ISBN: 978-0812993547
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) ISBN: 978-0-7432-7356-5

Contemporary Literature in Context
The Power (Naomi Alderman) ISBN: 978-0316547604

Literature and the Human Condition
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) ISBN 978-0141441146

People and the Natural World
Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer) ISBN 978-0385494786

Reading Consciousness
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison) ISBN 978-0679732761
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) ISBN 978-0141441146

Class I

Modern Comparative Literature
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) ISBN 9780553213423
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky) ISBN 978-0451530066

Themes in Contemporary World Literature
The Year of the Flood (Atwood) ISBN 978-0-307-45547-5

The Magus (revised version) (John Fowles) ISBN 0-316-29619-8

Literature and the Nature of Reality
The Topeka School: A Novel (Ben Lerner) ISBN: 9780374277789
The Prince of Los Cocuyos (Richard Blanco) ISBN: 9780062313775

The Craft of Non-Fiction
Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) ISBN 978-0812984965
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Philosophy and Literature
The Quiet American (Graham Greene;Penguin) ISBN 978-0143039020

Studies in English and American Literature (Year 2)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens; Oxford) ISBN 0199219761
Moby Dick (Herman Melville; Norton) ISBN 9780393285000

We Are What We Read
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer; Mariner) ISBN 978-0-547-73502-3

Intersectionality: Womanhood in American Culture
Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay; Harper Perennial) ISBN 978-0062282712
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (C. Adichie; Knopf) ISBN 978-1524733131


Hamlet Folger Shakespeare Library (William Shakespeare) ISBN-10: 0812415795, ISBN-13: 978-0812415797

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Patrick Radden Keefe)
ISBN: 9780385521314

“It was all a dream…”: The Power of Poetry through Close Reading and Analysis
How to be Drawn (Terrance Hayes) ISBN: 978-0-14-312688-1 pbk

History and Social Science Department

Ancient Civ. , Modern World IV and Modern World
A Little History of the World (E. H.Gombrich)

USMW1: The United States in the Modern World 1
When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail 1st edition (Eric Jay Dolin)

USMW2: The United States in the Modern World 2
Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History (Ted Steinberg) **ONLY CHAPTERS 1–10**

United States History: All classes
Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge  (Erica Armstrong Dunbar)

History and Social Science Electives

History of the Middle East
Voices of Jordan (Rana Sweis)

Topics in Modern World History: In the Aftermath: Case Studies in Transitional Justice
Black Dog of Fate (Peter Balakian)

Topics in Psychology
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon)

Between the World and Me (Ta- Nehisi Coates)

Religions of the Middle East
Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America (Jeff Chu)