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2021 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

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

Class III

Perspectives: Genre and Culture
The Dew Breaker (Edwidge Danticat) ISBN: 9781400034291

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
A River Runs through It (Norman Mclean) ISBN 978-0-226-47206-5
World of Wonders (Aimee Nezhukumatathil) ISBN: 97801571313652

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

Studies in English and American Literature (Year 1 Class II)
Wuthering Heights (Brontë) ISBN 9780141439556
Pride and Prejudice (Austin) ISBN 9780198826736

 

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

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

Literature and the Nature of Reality
Thirteen Ways of Looking: A Novella and Three Stories ISBN: 978-0812986587
Intimations: Six Essays ISBN: 978-0593297612

The Craft of Non-Fiction
Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) ISBN 978-0812984965
S-Town, a podcast: https://stownpodcast.org

Philosophy and Literature
The Quiet American (Graham Greene;Penguin) ISBN 978-0143039020

Intersectionality: Womanhood in American Culture
Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay; Harper Perennial) ISBN 978-0062282712

Half-Courses

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

Journalism
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 Civilizations
An Edible History of Humanity (Tom Standage)

Modern World IV
An Edible History of Humanity (Tom Standage)

Modern World History
An Edible History of Humanity (Tom Standage)

The United States in the Modern World 1
When America First Met China (Eric Jay Dolin)

The United States in the Modern World 2
The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution (James Oakes)

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

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

History of the Middle East
A Concise History of the Arabs (John McHugo)

Modern China
NO summer reading

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

African-American History
A Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)

Religions of the Middle East
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Simon Wiesenthal, ISBN 0-8052-1060-1)

Activism/Justice in a Digital World
NO summer reading

American Government
The Future of Freedom (Fareed Zakaria)

Microeconomics
The Undercover Economist (Tim Harford)

Macroeconomics
The Instant Economist (Tim Taylor)

Psychology Seminar
NO summer reading

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

Classics Department

Over the years, we have noticed that students often come to Milton with a varying range of mythological, historical, and cultural background concerning Greece and Rome. To level the playing field for all students and to supplement our current Latin and Greek curriculum, the department has selected two to three books (depending on whether you are taking Latin or Latin AND Greek) from which you will read selections over the course of your Classics career at Milton Academy. The texts are all in English and touch on important aspects of Greek and Roman mythology, history, and daily life. For some of you, these readings will be a review. For others, the material may seem less familiar. Regardless, having some familiarity with the material covered in the assigned readings will provide useful contextual information for your courses in the fall. Please consult the course titles below to see which particular books and chapters have been assigned for your specific course. You may purchase the texts independently or through the Milton Academy bookstore.

Texts:

  1. Abigail Graham & Anthony Kamm, The Romans, 4th edition ( ISBN-13: 9781138543898)
  2. Marianthe Colakis & Mark Joan Masello, Classical Mythology & More: A Reader Workbook ( ISBN-13: 978-0865165731)
  3. Thomas Martin, Ancient Greece, 2nd edition (ISBN-13: 978-0300160055)
  4. Vergil’s Aeneid (9780553210415)
  5. Caesar’s Gallic Wars (9780199540266)

LATIN 1:
Classical Mythology & More: chapters 1-4: the Muses; the Creation of the World & Earliest Deities; the Olympians Part 1; the Olympians Part 2
The Romans: An Introduction: chapters 1-3: the Origins of Rome; the Republic; Twelve Caesars (through Augustus)

LATIN 2:
Classical Mythology & More: chapters 1-4: the Muses; the Creation of the World & Earliest Deities; the Olympians Part 1; the Olympians Part 2
The Romans: An Introduction: chapters 1-3: the Origins of Rome; the Republic; Twelve Caesars (through Augustus)

LATIN 3:
Classical Mythology & More: chapters 1-4: the Muses; the Creation of the World & Earliest Deities; the Olympians Part 1; the Olympians Part 2
The Romans: An Introduction: chapters 1-3: the Origins of Rome; the Republic; Twelve Caesars (through Augustus)

LATIN 2-3:
Classical Mythology & More: chapters 1-4: the Muses; the Creation of the World & Earliest Deities; the Olympians Part 1; the Olympians Part 2
The Romans: An Introduction: chapters 1-3: the Origins of Rome; the Republic; Twelve Caesars (through Augustus)

LATIN 4:
Classical Mythology & More: chapters 16, 18-19: the House of Troy & the Trojan War; Aeneas; the Kings of Rome
The Romans: An Introduction: chapters 2-3, 8: the Republic; Twelve Caesars (through Augustus); Roman Literature

AP LATIN:
Vergil’s Aeneid: books 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12
Caesar’s Gallic Wars: books 1, 6, and 7
Strongly encouraged:
The Romans: An Introduction: chapters 1-3: the Origins of Rome; the Republic; Twelve Caesars (through Augustus)
Classical Mythology & More: chapters 16, 18: the House of Troy & the Trojan War; Aeneas

Roman Philosophy:
The Romans: An Introduction: chapters 1-4: the Origins of Rome; the Republic; Twelve Caesars (through Augustus); Religions & Mythology

Latin Lyric & Elegy:
The Romans: An Introduction: chapters 1-3: the Origins of Rome; the Republic; Twelve Caesars (through Augustus)

Intensive Greek:
Classical Mythology & More: chapters 1-4, 16, 17: the Muses; the Creation of the World & Earliest Deities; the Olympians Part 1; the Olympians Part 2; the House of Troy & the Trojan War; Odysseus

Advanced Greek: Plato
Martin’s Ancient Greece: chapters 7-8: Culture & Society in Classical Athens; Peloponnesian War and Its Aftermath

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