11th Grade CP English & CP American Studies Summer Reading Assignments
The English Department recommends that, if possible, students read the texts listed for each English class, as the texts provide a baseline for the coursework in that class. If that is not possible, read any book that is representative of the course. Check your local libraries for print books, eBooks and audiobooks. For some free ebooks, go to https://www.hoopladigital.com/.
If at all possible, read one book from the list below. As you read, you should annotate with sticky notes. If possible, bring your book WITH sticky notes to class on the first day of school. See details below:
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Choose one of these recommended texts
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore·
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The People's History of Sports in the United States by Dave Zirin
Or, if these specific titles are not available to you, consider authors such as Louise Erdrich, Cormac McCarthy, Erik Larson, Octavia E. Butler, James Baldwin, John Irving, Carson McCullers, Alison Bechdel.
The Public Libraries in Topsfield and Boxford have some Masco owned books that you can keep for as long as you need them. Give them a call and support your local library!
Topsfield Public Library 978-887-1528
Boxford Public Library 978-887-6352
REQUIRED: Read ONE book from the nine listed below.
A People's History of Sports in the United States by Dave Zirin
In this long-waited book from the rising superstar of sportswriting, whose blog Edge of Sports is read each week by thousands of people across the country, Dave Zirin offers a riotously entertaining chronicle of larger-than-life sporting characters and dramatic contests and what amounts to an alternative history of the United States as seen through the games its people played. Through Zirin’s eyes, sports are never mere games, but a reflection of—and spur toward—the political conflicts that shape American society.
Half a century before Jackie Robinson was born, the black ballplayer Moses Fleetwood Walker brandished a revolver to keep racist fans at bay, then took his regular place in the lineup. In the midst of the Depression, when almost no black athletes were allowed on the U.S. Olympic team, athletes held a Counter Olympics where a third of the participants were African American.
A People’s History of Sports in the United States is replete with surprises for seasoned sports fans, while anyone interested in history will be amazed by the connections Zirin draws between politics and pop flies. As Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, puts it, “After you read him, you’ll never see sports the same way again.”
..."this sprawling, insightful and contrarian book is worth reading for its portrayal of the rebel athletes to whom it is dedicated, and to whom we are all indebted."
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
“Delectable and engrossing…A complex and compulsively readable suburban saga that is deeply invested in mothers and daughters…What Ng has written, in this thoroughly entertaining novel, is a pointed and persuasive social critique, teasing out the myriad forms of privilege and predation that stand between so many people and their achievement of the American dream. But there is a heartening optimism, too. This is a book that believes in the transformative powers of art and genuine kindness — and in the promise of new growth, even after devastation, even after everything has turned to ash.” —Boston Globe