This list has been designed to provide you with reading opportunities that will expand your world and complement the English12 Regents curriculum. Choose one literary work. The reading/writing assignment is due the third week of September.
Assignment: Choose one novel to read over the summer and take notes on each chapter.
Abramson, Jeffrey B.; We, The Jury
Former prosecutor Abramson argues that juries are often smarter than lawyers and the public realize.
Alderman, Allen; Caroline Kennedy; The Right to Privacy
Stories of individuals who have gone to court to protect their privacy rights.
Bordewich, Fergus; Killing the White Man’s Indian
After a century of federal mismanagement of Indian affairs, American Indians are plagued by alcohol, suicide, despair, and neglect.
Carson, Rachel; Silent Spring
A look at widespread ecological degradation that touched off an environmental awareness.
Fallows, James; Breaking the News
Opinion of the current sad state of American political journalism
Golden, Marita; Saving Our Sons
Interweaves a diary with exploration of what it means to parent a black male adolescent in the turmoil of today’s society.
Hasker, Andrew; Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal
This book reviews race and class. It expounds on the thesis that blacks and whites are as separate and unequal as ever.
Hayden, Torey L.; Ghost Girl
Story of a traumatized eight-year-old who refused to speak due to abuse and possible exposure to satanic rituals.
Hesse-Biber; Sharlene Janice; Am I Thin Enough Yet?
A cult of thinness is evidenced by a growing number of eating disorders that now affect 1 in 250 women 13 to 22 years old
Humes, Edward; Mississippi Mud No Matter How Loud I Shout
Vincent Sherry, a judge, and his wife were fatally shot in 1987 in Biloxi, MI. Some of its cops were corrupt, while others were barely competent. The police tried to implicate Sherrys’ adopted son in the murder.
Hunter, Evan; The Blackboard Jungle
Speaks powerfully to the alarming epidemic of violence and security in today’s schools.
Kane, Joe; Savages
Tells the story of a tribe living in the deepest part of the Amazon rain forest that has only in the last generation been exposed to such items as the wristwatch.
Kluger, Richard; Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred Year Cigarette War
The history of cigarettes in America and their effect on public health and the economy.
Korem, Danny; Suburban Gangs
The author speaks from experience and research concerning the steadily rising numbers of youths from affluent homes who choose delinquent gang-based activity.
Kozol, Jonathan; Amazing Grace
Vivid portrait of life in one of America’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
Kozol, Jonathan; Savage Inequalities
Children from poor families are cheated out of a future by underequipped, understaffed and underfunded schools.
Larson, Erik; Lethal Passage
Illuminates America’s gun culture. Offers solutions to epidemic of death by firearms.
Luker, Kristen; Dubious Conceptions
The history of society’s obsession with pregnant teens and what they’ve represented.
Minow, Newton Norman; Abandoned in the Wasteland
Children, Television and the First Amendment
Argument for replacing violent TV with constructive programs that motivate children to learn.
Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff; When Elephants Weep
Attempts to show that humans are not the only animals to lead complex emotional lives.
Preston, R.; Hot Zone
The story of an Ebola virus outbreak in a Washington, D.C. laboratory.
Setterberg, Fred; Toxic Nation
Account of the “powerful grassroots anti-toxics rebellion” under way in many communities
Sykes, Charles J.; Dumbing Down our Kids
How emphasis on self-esteem has caused eroding of learning.
Ungar, Sanford; Fresh Blood
Looks at the new immigrant communities and some of the more controversial questions and ideas surrounding them.
Adams, Douglas; Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Arthur Dent travels the galaxy with his pal, getting into horrible messes and wreaking havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway.
Bradbury, Ray; The Illustrated Man
Read of a wanderer whose entire body is a living canvas of exotic tattoos that magically come alive into their own stories.
Bradbury, Ray; The Martian Chronicles
Bradbury’s stories of the colonization of Mars form an eerie mesh of past and future.
Cambor, Kathleen; Book of Mercy
A small web of enchanting tales.
Clarke, Arthur C.; Singing the Dogstar Blues
Joss Aaronson is a spirited feisty young woman. She’s been expelled from several boarding schools and is close to expulsion from a university program in time-travel studies. For the first time, an alien from another planet has been admitted.
Doyle, Roddy; The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
Unflinching look at the life of Paula Spencer as she struggles to regain her dignity after marriage to an abusive husband
Hamilton, J.; Book of Ruth
Life of Ruth Grey, who extracts small pleasures and graces from a tiny Illinois town and the broken people who inhabit it.
Heig, U.; Stones from the River
Compassionate novel centers on a bright, observant, and articulate woman who is also a zwerg, a dwarf.
Herbert, Frank; Dune
A sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire.
Hoffman, Alice; Second Nature
Portrayal of outcasts, who was raised by wolves.
Kerr, M.E.; Deliver Us from Evie
A sensitive portrayal of a lesbian daughter of a rural Missouri family.
Lipsyte, Robert; The Brave
Alfred Brooks, hero of The Contender (1967), reappears as a police sergeant who rescues a young Native American boxer from drug pushers.
Niven, Larry; Ringworld
A new place is being built, encompassing millions of miles, stronger than any planet before.
Oates, Joyce Carol; The Assignation
Forty-four very short, powerful stories, compact dramas out of the unwieldy material of human experience.
Pennebaker, Ruth; Don’t Think Twice
Before the legalization of abortion, this story presents a realistic depiction of pregnant teens ostracized by their families and rejected by their boyfriends.
Rand, Ayn; The Fountainhead
Story of one Howard Roark and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, and a newspaper columnist.
Reynolds, S; Rapture of Canaan
A tale about a religious commune and the severity of their faith. A story of one girl’s faith and her struggle to balance freedom in the world in which she lives.
Salvatore, RA; The Demon Awakens
When goblins destroy the village of Dundallis, orphaned Pony and her friend Elbryan survive. Aided by magically powerful gemstones, they fight to defeat the evil dactyl.
Selvadurai; Funny Boy
Set in Sri Lanka, charts a boy’s loss of innocence as he grapples with family conflict, political realities and his homosexuality.
Sharp, Paula; Crows Over a Wheatfield
Melanie Ratleer finds out who she is, after her childhood with an abusive father, to adulthood following in his professional footsteps.
Tolkien, J.R.R.; The Fellowship of the Ring
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted. The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But it was taken from him.
Wells, H.G.; The Time Machine
When a scientist goes to the year 802,701, he finds suffering is replaced by peace. He realizes these people are really weak and childishly afraid of the dark
Wells, H.G.; The War of the Worlds
Things progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about disturbances on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London.