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College Bound – Titles Only

Life’s Great Questions

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Scott
Silent Spring– Rachel Carson
My Sister’s Keeper –  Jodi Picoult
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lessons Mitch Albom
Walden and Other Essays – Henry David Thoreau
This I Believe – Allison, Gediman, Gregory, Merrick, Editors
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Enrique’s Journey. The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother Sonia Nazario

Of Note: This and That

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art – Scott McCloud
Rock and Roll: A Social History – Paul Friedlander
The Power of Photographs: How Photography Changed Our Lives – Vicki Goldbert
Great Short Stories: Quick Reads by Great Writers – Paul Negri, editor
The Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation – Drew Hansen

The Play’s The Thing

Twelfth Night, King Lear or Midsummer Night’s Dream  – William Shakespeare
Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
Our Town –Thornton Wilder
The Piano Lesson – August Wilson
Shakespeare: The World as Stage  - Bill Bryson

 * If scholars have already read the plays listed, they may substitute any of
Shakespeare’s other comedies, tragedies or histories. The substitutions will not count
against their 5 choice titles.

Sciences – Innovation

A Brief History of Time  – Stephen Hawking
Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart  – Ian Ayres
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies  – Jared Diamond
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World  – Michael Pollan
Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
Eureka! Scientific Breakthroughs That Changed The World – Leslie A. Horvitz
Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at
People Looking at Animals in America
– Jon Morallen

Graphic Novels

The Complete Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
Maus, A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History  – Art Spiegelman
Maus II, A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began – Art Spiegelman
Sandman: The Dream Hunters – Neil Gaiman and Craig Russell
The Silence of Our Friends  – Mark Long and Nate Powell
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb – Farrar, Strauss, Giroux/Hilland & Wang
A Flight of Angels – Alisa Kwitney and Rebecca Gray

War, Conflict and the Human Spirit

Schindler’s List – Thomas Keneally
Poets of World War II – Harvey Shapiro, Editor
The Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway
A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Remarque
A Long Way Gone. Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ishamael Beah
Sunrise Over Fallujah – Walter Dean Myers
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders – Didier Lefevre, Frederic Lemercier & Emmanuel Guibert  

Amazing and True

The Endurance. Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition –Caroline Alexander
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster –John Krakuer
The Perfect Storm. A True Story of men against the Sea – Sebastian Junger
The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That
Changed America – Erik Larson
Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey – Rachel Simon
Geeks. How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho – Jon Katz

Sporting Tales

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series – Eliot Asinof
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream – H.G. Bissinger
In These Girls, Hope Is A Muscle – Madeline Blais
Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn - Larry Coulton
Outcasts United – Warren St. John
Imperfect – Jim Abbott with Tim Brown


Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Feed – M.T. Anderson
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline


I know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter –Adeline Mah
Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Color of Water.  A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother –James McBride
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe
The Voices of AIDS: Twelve Unforgettable People Talk About How AIDS Has Changed Their Lives  – Michael Thomas Ford.
Going Where I’m Coming From – Anne Mazer, editor
Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me – Jerry McGill


Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
The Kite Runner –  Hosseini Khaled
The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
Indian Killer – Sherman Alexie
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water – Michael Dorris
Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth – Richard Wright
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents – Julia Alvarez

A Sense of time and place  

The Book Thief – Marcus Zuzak
The Pillars of the Earth –Ken Follet
Girl with a Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

(The Dead or Nearly Dead Namesakes of our List)

How to Read Literature like a Professor – Thomas Foster
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
1984 – George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
The Fall of the House of Usher, and other Tales – Edgar Allan Poe
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens