What America’s most prestigious private schools are making students read this summer

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We all remember summer reading.
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The Other Wes Moore

The summer months symbolize pleasure reading at its best.

It’s a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you’ve always meant to start.

But students at some of America’s most prestigious private schools are digging into substantial works this summer. The required or suggested texts relate to politics, race and identity, and then there are some of those high school classics.

Check out the 2017 reading lists of rising seniors at reputable private schools across the US:


The Hotchkiss School — Lakeville, Connecticut

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All students must read:

The Other Wes Moore,” by Wes Moore.

Seniors must:

• Read (novel) – “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien

• Watch – “The Hunger Games,” by Gary Ross (2012)

• Read (poem) – The Powwow at the End of the World,” by Sherman Alexie


Deerfield Academy — Deerfield, Massachusetts

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Students must read four books that they choose from a list of over 50. Titles on the list include:

“Hillbilly Elegy,” J.D. Vance

“The Short and Tragic life of Robert Peace,” by Jeff Hobbs

“Half of a Yellow Sun,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“A Clockwork Orange,” by Anthony Burgess

“Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison

“Madame Bovary,” by Gustave Flaubert


The Harker School — San Jose, California

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English teachers at the school put together the following list of recommended summer reading:

“Beloved,” Toni Morrison

“Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” by Joan Didion

“Native Son,” by Richard Wright

“Interpreter of Maladies,” by Jhumpa Lahiri

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” by Michael Pollan

“Beowulf,” Seamus Heaney


Ransom Everglades School — Miami, Florida

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Students must read:

“Song of Solomon,” by Toni Morrison

• “Four Major Plays,” by Henrik Ibsen

“Thinks,” by David Lodge


Choate Rosemary Hall — Wallingford, Connecticut

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Students must read “The book of Unknown Americans,” by Christina Henriquez plus two books they choose from a list of over 100. Works include:

“The Andy Warhol Diaries,” by Andy Warhol

“Americanah,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Welcome to the Monkey House,” by Kurt Vonnegut

“Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen

“Love in the Time of Cholera,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Groton School — Grotton, Massachusetts

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Students must read “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Additional, suggested works include:

“The Town That Food Saved,” by Ben Hewitt

“The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,” by Jonathan Haidt

• “Suffragette,” Sarah Gavron

“Selma,” Ava DuVernay