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Outside Reading Book Schedule



Assessment Type

Date Due

Non-fiction: Reading List

24 x 36 Poster selling the book including rhetorical terms

Wed. Sept. 9 

Fiction: Catcher in the Rye

Fishbowl: Socratic Seminar

Wed. Sept. 30

Reading List

SSR short form quiz

Wed. Oct. 21

Fiction: The Scarlet Letter Fishbowl: Socratic Seminar

Mon. Nov. 23

Fiction: Their Eyes Were Watching God

SSR Short form quiz

Wed. Dec. 2

Fiction: The Crucible

AP Literature Prompt/Rubric/Timed write


Mon. Dec. 14

Great Reading Lists!


AP Language and Composition

Ms. Grossenbacher/Ms. Magsig


          You will read one book every three weeks from each of the following lists: teacher assigned, and non-fiction. I have included a list of complex American/International authors to round out your fiction collection. Do not reread previously read books.

          You should read from these authors on your own to prepare both for AP Literature next year and also for your own college literacy. You may check these books out from any library, but I encourage you to purchase your own copies of these titles and others we will read during the course. You must read one book every three weeks and complete written responses for each selection. See the schedule I have printed for you.


Teacher – Assigned Fiction (District Requirement)


The Crucible – Arthur Miller;  Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger;Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston


Non-fiction: choose one of the following from any subcategory.


Multicultural Readings

Malcolm X—Alex Haley 

First They Killed My Father –Luong Ung (also history)

Thirteen Senses—Victor Villasenor

The Souls of Black Folk—W.E. B. Du Bois

The Temple Bombing—Melissa Faye Green (also history)

A Different MirrorA History of Multicultural America—Ronald Takaki

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down—Anne Fadiman

Reading Lolita in Tehran—Azar Nafisi (also history, politics)

The Bookseller of Kabul – Asne Seierstad

The Way to Rainy Mountain – M. Scott Momaday

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown (also history)

Chinese Americans: The Immigrant Experience, Peter Kwong & Dusanka Miscevic


Funny in Farsi – Firoozeh Dumas

Black Boy – Richard Wright

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Profiles in Courage – John F. Kennedy

On the Road—Jack Kerouac

The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls

The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

Stolen Lives: 20 Years in a Desert Jail -Malika Oufkir

Angela’s Ashes  or ‘Tis: A Memoir, Frank McCourt


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass

The Good War—Studs Turkel

Flags of our Fathers—Ron Powers

We Were Soldiers Once—Harold Moore, Joseph Galloway

The Right Stuff—Tom Wolfe (also science)

The Founding Mothers—Cokie Roberts

John Adams – David McCullough

1776 – David McCullough

Founding Brothers – Joseph E. Ellis

The World Is Flat – Thomas L. Friedman

The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson

Hiroshima – John Hersey

Band of Brothers – Stephen E. Ambrose

Politics/Current Events

Food Politics—Marion Nestle (also science)

Going Nuclear:  Language, Politics, Culture—Geoffrey Nunberg (hardback only)

Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond (also history)

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America –Barbara Ehrenreich

Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser

Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt

A World Apart – Cristina Rathbone

Amusing Ourselves to Death – Neil Postman

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town – John Grisham

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

Arc of Justice – Kevin Boyle

Ghettonation – Cora Daniels


My Losing Season—Pat Conroy

The Luckiest Man—The Story of Lou Gehrig—Jonathan Eig (hardback only)

Eight Men Out – The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series – Eliot Asinof

Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports – Lucy Danziger

Science or Nature

Small Wonder—Barbara Kingsolver (also politics)

The Fabric of the Cosmos—Brian Greene

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat—Oliver Sacks

The Universe in a Nutshell – Steven Hawking

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard

A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson

Deep Survival – Laurence Gonzales

Amusing Ourselves to Death – Neil Postman

The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger

Into Thin Air or  Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer

Blink or The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

Faster – J. Gleick

Freakonomics – Levitt and Dubner

Nickled and Dimed to Death in America  - Barbara Ehrenreich

Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser


AP College – Bound (On Your Own)

College- Bound



McTeague - Frank Norris


The Call of the Wild – Jack London

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Mrquez

March – Geraldine Brooks

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

Of Love and Shadows – Isabel Allende

Bartleby the Scrivener – Herman Melville

Garcia Marquez

As I Lay Dying  or The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

Moby Dick (skip all whale oil chapters)– Melville

Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin

MacBeth by William Shakespeare

Beloved, Song of Solomon  or Sula – Toni Morrison

The Place Where the Sea Remembers – Sandra Benitez

Tom Jones – Henry Fielding

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Soul Mountain - Gao Xingjian

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford

1984 – George Orwell

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

The Once and Future King – T.H. White

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser

Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

The Things They Carried –

Tim O’Brien

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

The Iliad or The Odyssey– Homer

The Inferno - Dante

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad


Siddhartha – Herman Hesse


The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand

The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Call It Sleep – Henry Roth


The Portrait of a Lady or The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes

Empire Falls – Richard Russo

Snow – Orhan Pamuk

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

Cane River – Lalita Tademy

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Monkey Bridge – Lan Cao

Ceremony – Leslie M. Silko

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Walden – Henry David Thoreau

The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

Antigone – Sophocles

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Middle Passage – Charles Johnson


Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev

The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

The Kitchen God’s Wife – Amy Tan

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Half a Life – V.S. Naipaul

The Glass MenagerieTennessee Williams

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

Slaughterhouse–Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

The Kite Runner

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (parent permission)

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Native Son – Richard Wright

Interpreter of Maladies or The Namesake by Jumpa Lahiri

Ulysses by James Joyce

The Known World by Edward P. Jones



Modern Library’s 100 Greatest English Language Novels of the 20th Century

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler

Sons and Lovers by D.H Lawrence

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

1984 by George Orwell

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Native Son by Richard Wright

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow

Appointment In Samarra by John O’Hara

U.S.A by John Dos Passos

Winesburg,Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

A Passage to India by E.M Forster

The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

The Ambassadors by Henry James

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Golden Bowl by Henry James

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

Howards End by E.M Forster

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

The Heart Of the Matter by Graham Greene

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Deliverance by James Dickey

A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell

Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad

The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Light In August by William Faulkner

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Death Comes For The Archbishop by Willa Cather

From Here to Eternity by James Jones

The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durell

A High Wind In Jamaica by Richard Hughes

A House For Mr. Biswas by V.S Naipaul

The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

A Room with a View by E.M Forster

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

A Bend In the River by V.S Naipaul

The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett

The Call of The Wind by Jack London

Loving by Henry Green

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Tabacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

Ironweed by William Kennedy

The Magus by John Fowles

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Under The Net by Iris Murdoch

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

The Ginger Man by J.P Donleavy

The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Antigone by Sophocles

The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Candide by Voltaire

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut,Jr.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Collected Stories by Eudora Welty

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Native Son by Richard Wright

The Known World by Edward P. Jones


The Pulitzer Prize  (Non-fiction)


The Looming Tower:Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10,2001 by Steve Coll

Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum

A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power

Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climatic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter

Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower

The Annals of the Former World by John McPhee

Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Ashes To Ashes by Richard Kluger

The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghost After Communism by Tina Rosenberg

The Break of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner

Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills

Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power by Daniel Yergin

Ants by Bert Holldobler

And Their Children After Them by Michael Williamson

A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes

Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land by David K Shipler

A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of the Three American Families by: J Anthony Lukas

An Oral History of World War II by Studs Terkel

The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr

There is No place on Earth For Me? By Susan Sheehan

The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

Politics and Culture by Carl Schorske

An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

On Human Nature by Edward Osborne Wilson

Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan

Beautiful Swimmers by William W Warner

Being Old in America by Robert N Butler

Pilgrim At Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances Fitzgerald

Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 by Barbara W.Tuchman

The Rising Sun by John Toland

On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence by Erik H Erikson

History As a Novel / the novel as History by Norman Mailer

Rousseau & Revolution Story of CIV Volume 10 by Will Durant

The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture by David Brion Davis

Wandering Through Winter by Edwin Way Teale

O Strange New World by Howard M Jones

Anti- Intellectualism in America by Richard Hofstadter

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

The Making of the President, 1960 by Theodore H White