Summer Reading

Each summer the School asks all students and faculty to read a book in common, believing that the experience will be one more factor that can bring us together as a community. The Taft School Summer Reading Committee has selected All American Boys as our summer reading book. Awarded the 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor and the Walter Dean Myers Award, All American Boys is a powerful novel of two teens—one black, one white—grappling with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension. Receiving prestigious awards and national acclaim, All American Boys has been hailed by author Matt de la Pena as "a first rate exploration of one of the most important issues of the day…But it is more than just a timely novel. Reynolds and Kiely have produced a layered thoughtful, literary work of art." Author Laurie Halse Anderson said of All American Boys, "this life-changing, nation-changing book is written with fire and love and courage. Read it, weep, and then share its power with everyone you know." Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Kiely will visit Taft as Morning Meeting speakers on October 4, 2016, to continue discussion of the book and its themes with Taft students and faculty.

Students read another book as well, chosen from a list of books that faculty have sponsored. Both books are required, and we will discuss them in the fall.

Of course, we hope that students will read more than just these two books over the summer, because reading expands one's perspective on life, besides being entertaining. And we hope the list of faculty-sponsored books will provide many options and ideas and create an opportunity for many discussions in school and beyond. Enjoy!

New incoming students may sign up by sending an email with their name and the titles of 2 books (first choice and second choice) to SummerReading@taftschool.org.

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ALL THE SINGLE LADIES: UNMARRIED WOMEN AND THE RISE OF AN INDEPENDENT NATION

Nonfiction
By Rebecca Traister

Sponsor(s): Aspholm, Martin; Lamson, Jeffrey

AMERICANAH

Fiction
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sponsor(s): Hincker, Caitlin

BLOOD MERIDIAN, OR THE EVENING REDNESS IN THE WEST

Fiction
By Cormac McCarthy

Sponsor(s): Mullane, Matthew

BOYS IN THE BOAT: NINE AMERICANS AND THEIR EPIC QUEST FOR GOLD AT THE 1936 OLYMPICS

Nonfiction
By Daniel Brown

Sponsor(s): Traina, Edie; Traina, Mark

BROOKLYN

Fiction
By Colm Tóibín

Sponsor(s): Fifer, Helena; Frew, Elizabeth

CAN I SAY: LIVING LARGE, CHEATING DEATH, AND DRUMS DRUMS DRUMS

Nonfiction
By Travis Barker

Sponsor(s): Merrill, Alexander

CHILDREN OF HURIN, The

Fiction
By J. R. R. Tolkien

Sponsor(s): Hostage, David

CIRCLE, The

Fiction
By Dave Eggers

Sponsor(s): Gray, Sarah

CLASH OF KINGS (A song of fire and ice, book 2)

Fiction
By George R. R. Martin

Sponsor(s): Corbelle, Michael

CONCUSSION

Nonfiction
By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Sponsor(s): Silverman, Gretchen

COOKED: A NATURAL HISTORY OF TRANSFORMATION

Nonfiction
By Michael Pollan

Sponsor(s): Guidotti, Shannon

CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, The

Fiction
By Mark Haddon

Sponsor(s): Magee, John

GIRL WAITS WITH GUN

Fiction
By Amy Stewart

Sponsor(s): Ryan, Rachael

GLASS CASTLE, The

Nonfiction
By Jeanette Walls

Sponsor(s): McCabe, Susan

GOLDFINCH, The

Fiction
By Donna Tartt

Sponsor(s): Chickadaunce, Loueta

IMPERIUM

Fiction
By Robert Harris

Sponsor(s): Fifer, Bruce

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN

Fiction
By Vaddey Ratner

Sponsor(s): Serafine, Lillian

KITCHEN HOUSE, The

Fiction
By Kathleen Grissom

Sponsor(s): Antonucci, Thomas

LEAN IN: WOMEN, WORK AND THE WILL TO LEAD

Nonfiction
By Sheryl Sandberg

Sponsor(s): LaCasse, Diana

LEGACY: WHAT THE [NEW ZEALAND] ALL BLACKS CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF LIFE

Nonfiction
By James Kerr

Sponsor(s): Murphy, Daniel

LITTLE PRINCE, The

Fiction
By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Sponsor(s): Reiff, Alvin

MOBY DICK

Fiction
By Herman Melville

Sponsor(s): Cesarz, Thomas; Bender, Jonathan

MOST DANGEROUS: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR

Nonfiction
By Steve Sheinkin

Sponsor(s): Willson, Jonathan

NEST, The

Fiction
By Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Sponsor(s): Bouffard, Eileen; Valenti, Megan

ORDINARY GRACE

Fiction
By William Kent Krueger

Sponsor(s): McCabe, Steven

ORPHAN TRAIN

Fiction
By Christina Baker Kline

Sponsor(s): O'Shea, Ginger

POWER AND THE GLORY, The

Fiction
By Graham Greene

Sponsor(s): Hawes, Gregory

READY PLAYER ONE

Fiction
By Ernest Cline

Sponsor(s): Monti, Laura; Clifford, Jeremy

REBECCA

Fiction
By Daphne Du Maurier

Sponsor(s): Taylor, Patti

ROOM

Fiction
By Emma Donoghue

Sponsor(s): Bertuglia, Dana; Foley, Brianne

SIXTH EXTINCTION: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY

Nonfiction
By Elizabeth Kolbert

Sponsor(s): McNeill, Andrew

TENDER IS THE NIGHT

Fiction
By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sponsor(s): Brown, Christopher

THING AROUND YOUR NECK, The

Fiction
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sponsor(s): Valdez, Johanna

TROUT BUM

Nonfiction
By John Gierach

Sponsor(s): Almasian, Alison

WHITE NOISE

Fiction
By Don Delillo

Sponsor(s): Guthrie, Stuart


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