Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
English Department
Summer Reading Suggestions (rev. 6/10)


The following are suggestions for summer reading arranged by course. These books are not part of the regular curriculum but are related to the themes of the course. For your summer reading, be guided by this list, or you may make selections of your choosing.

Adolescents in Literature
My Life as a Dog, Jonsson
A Soldier’s Legacy, Boll
Kaffir Boy, Mathabane
Mister Pip, Jones
Oranges are not the Only Fruit, Winterson
Cat and Mouse, Grass
The Fifth Child, Lessing

American Literature
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
March, Brooks
Housekeeping, Robinson
A Confederacy of Dunces, Toole
Plainsong, Haruf
Peace Like a River, Enger

American Voices
The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Albom
The Green Mile, King
Kitchen God's Wife, Tan
The Help, Stockett
The Lie, O.H. Bennett

Analysis in Context
The Godfather, Puzo
High Fidelity, Hornby
Everything Bad is Good for You, Johnson
Understanding Movies, Gianetti
The Joy Luck Club, Tan
The Namesake, Lahiri

Biblical and Classical Literature
Walking the Bible, Feiler
A Journey through the Five Books of Moses, Feiler
A Short History of Myth, Armstrong
The Penelopiad, Atwood
The Aeneid, Virgil
The Iliad, Homer
The World of Odysseus, Finley
Mythology, Hamilton

British Literature (Early & Modern)
The Once and Future King, White
Rebecca, DuMaurier
Atonement, McEwan
The Mists of Avalon, Bradley
The Moonstone, Collins
Great Expectations, Dickens
The Jeeves novels, Wodhouse

Continental Literature
Faust, Part Two, Goethe
Torqumada, Galdo
Cousin Bette, Balzac
Death in Venice, Mann
Letter to My Father, Kafka
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Bassani
Cat and Mouse, Grass
The Periodic Table, Levi
To Painting, Alberti
Shadow of Paradise, Aleixandre
L'Assommoir, Zola

Creative Writing
The Call of Stories, Coles
Stories, Bierce
3 Lives, Stein
Bird by Bird, LaMott
On Writing, King
One Writer’s Beginnings, Welty

Expository Writing
On Writing Well, Zinsser
Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Didion
A Room of One’s Own, Woolf

Heroes in Literature
My Left Foot, Brown
Josephine: The Hungry Heart, Baker
Mythology, Hamilton
Days of Grace, Ashe
The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell
Second Class Citizen, Emecheta
The Watchmen, Moore and Gibbons
Persepolis 2, Satrapi

Ideas in Drama
Pygmalion, Shaw
Mother Courage, Brecht
Cyrano de Bergerac, Rostand
The Miser, Moliere

Irish Literature
Reading in the Dark, Deane
Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories, ed. by Trevor
Fools of Fortune, Trevor
The Commitments, Doyle
Killing Rage, Collins
The Easter Rebellion, Caulfield
The Country Girls, O’Brien
Star of the Sea, O’Connor

Making and Remaking of Race
Two Nations, Hacker
The Narrows, Petry
The Marrow of Tradition, Chestnut
Typical American, Jen
The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories, 1978-2008, Erdrich

Memoir Writing
A Child Called “It”, Pelzer
Autobiography of a Face, Grealy
Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years, Delaney and Delaney
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Eggers

The Novel
Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, Smiley
Like Water for Chocolate, Esquivel
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Marquez
Corelli’s Mandolin, De Bernieres
Death with Interruptions, Saramago

Russian Literature
Lady Macbeth of the Mitsensk District, Leskov
A Hero of Our Time, Lermontov
Anna Karenina, Tolstoy
Demons, Dostoevsky
Stories of Anton Chekhov, translated
by Pevear and Volokhonsky
Fathers and Sons, Turgenev
Doctor Zhivago, Pasternak
Selected Stories, Gorky
The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitzen

Shakespeare
How Shakespeare Spent the Day, Brown
Shakespeare Without Tears, Webster
Shakespeare Alive!, Papp and Kirkland
Shakespeare of London, Chute
Clamorous Voices, Ruttner
Complete Sonnets, Shakespeare
Metamorphosis, Ovid
Essays, Montaigne
Elizabethan England, Picard
Everyday Life in Renaissance England, Emerson
Shakespeare: The World as Stage, Bryson

Short Fiction and Poetry
180 Poems, Collins
Drown, Diaz
Single short stories:
The Most Dangerous Game, Connell
The Cask of Amontillado, Poe
The Pit and the Pendulum, Poe
All in a Summer Day, Bradbury
By the Waters of Babylon, Benet

Three Worlds’ Literature
Open Veins of Latin America, Galeano
The Africans, Mazrui
Ake, Soyinka
The Dragon’s Village, Chen
The Gulag Archipelago, Sozhenitzen

Western Civilization: Literature
The Closing of the Western Mind, Freeman
The Medieval World View, Cook and Herzman
Brunelleschi’s Dome, King
Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century, Glover
The Greeks, Kitto
Lions and Foxes, Alexander
The Travels of Marco Polo
The Masterpiece, Zola
Voices in the Evening, Ginzberg
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Burckhardt