11th Grade Summer Reading 2017

Regular American Literature will read one of the following nonfiction books:

  • Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
  • Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam Shepard*

*Warning about language: Shepard lives in a homeless shelter for much of the book, so he associates with men who use pretty salty language. Some will find this language offensive; if in question, please choose one of the other books.

  • Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers by Adriana Trigiani
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls*

*Warning about language: Walls says that if she would have considered the number of adolescents who would want to read her book, she wouldn’t have quoted her father so liberally. Some will find her father’s language offensive; if in question, please choose one of the other books.

Regular American Literature book review and presentation guidelines

Honors American Literature will read two books:

  • One of the nonfiction books listed above
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Honors American Literature course description and reading questions to consider