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The Headmaster's Summer Reading List

Mr. Ben Weinberg
May 2017

I read for many purposes and across genres.  I usually have four or five books I am working on depending on my mood, though there are times when I get lost in a particular book and put everything else aside to stay with it.  I read books I see students reading in class and books they are assigned but I didn’t include But, in making this list, I noticed some common themes.  I love a book with enough detail and weight to take me somewhere entirely new in my thinking.  I love writers who allow me to discover worlds and times.  I love books that make me rethink what I thought I knew and walk away mentally stretched.  I love writers who make me go back to a piece determined to make the voice more of myself.   I want a story that I stop and go back to read it one more time, a story that stays with me.  I don’t look for characters I can call friends, that is too easy.  I want characters and voices that challenge me, that demand that I consider my perspective through their eyes, who open doors I didn’t know were there.  Professionally, I read all the time.  Methods come and go.  There is always new research.  I included the one professional title that has stuck with me because it focuses on the development and maintenance of community in the classroom and in schools.

Novels and Books
Teaching Children to Care by Ruth Sidney Charney

Beautiful Swimmers by William W. Warner
Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis
The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World by Ken Alder
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest  by Stephen E. Ambrose
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
It by Stephen King
Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin

William Carlos Williams

Pablo Neruda

Gyres  (in Matter, a publication)


    Ms. Cullen's Summer Reads

    My summer list is partly defined by things I want to learn about as I finish one school year and begin to ready for the coming year.

    A few of the books on that list include: 
    We should all be feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    The end of Average, by Todd Rose
    The formative five, by Thomas R. Hoerr
    Between the world and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Teach like a Pirate, by Dave Burgess

    I’ll leave plenty of room by my bed for the books I come across in airports or bookstores while I travel over the summer. Some recent favorites include:
    Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Waters
    The Financial Lives of the Poets, by Jess Waters
    The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton

    And some all-time favorites
    The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kid
    The Bridge Across Forever, by Richard Bach
    The Brooklyn Follies, by Paul Aster
    The Life List, by Lori Nelson Spielman
    The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Annie Bender
    Life of Pi, Yann Martel                         
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon      


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      Reading-Software for the Brain!

      Why should I read this summer?

      Top 10 Reasons to Read for the Fun of It

      10. Books don’t get caught in braces.

      9. Unlike gym, you don’t have to shower afterwards.

      8. Reading won’t cause pimples.

      7. Magazines don’t crash.

      6. Graphic novels look good with whatever you’re wearing.

      5. It’s cheaper than a new video game and there is no subscription fee.

      4. You can drown out your parent’s cheesy music listening to an audio book.

      3. You’ll learn words even your teachers don’t know.

      2. It’ll confuse your parents.

      1. It’ll make you a more interesting person— introducing you to new people, places and ideas!


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          Lower School Summer News


          Summer reading allows students the opportunity to enjoy books in a relaxed and leisurely setting while developing a lifelong love of reading.  Reading over the summer can also help students avoid the “summer slide” which often results in losing up to three reading levels.  ASM encourages ALL students and their families to engage in reading together. Explore books of all kinds for information and enjoyment!

          This summer we will be celebrating our summer reading using Seesaw.  Suggested summer reading lists are available on Seesaw and in the Lower School Learning Commons. Using this program, you can help your child to upload photos of them reading books in exotic locations such as the couch, or the beach, or wherever your travels will take you!  They can also post a drawing about the books they’re reading, upload a book recommendation, or add a voice recording.

          Classroom teachers will be sending an email home to parents with instructions how to register for Seesaw. Have fun reading! 


            A Note from Mr. Nugent, Middle School Director

            So, at home I have a special book shelf full of “to read” books. Right now there are about 30 books on that shelf, and I will begin with some fiction set in the desert Southwest of the United States.  Bad guys, good guys, gunfights, lonely desert vistas—that give you sort of an idea of what I’ll be reading. Summer is MY time to read! It usually takes me a few days to get used to so  much reading time, and by mid-July I’m off and running—er, reading! My favorite place to read? In my cool basement on a couch with a glass of ice tea by my side.  So, whatever your summer plans are, make sure that they include time for reading!


            Mr. Nugent

            Middle School Director


              ASM Staff Favorites

              Lindsey Fairweather Family Life by Akhil Sharma
              Liz Keating The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams 
              Karen Campbell Physician by Noah Gordon
              Jennifer Hanna The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoPoisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverSeat of the Soul by Gary ZukavHoly Cow by Sarah MacDonald
              Nick Furman By the way Fantasy Series, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Dark Tower Series by Stephen King, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien  
              Sandra Stoneman The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
              Linn Peterson Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
              Mike Sissons The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
              Becky Dion Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
              Mario Crespo  All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
              Joanna Miller A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Possession by A.S. Byatt
              Aileen Finley La Isla Bajo el Mar by Isabel Allende
              Kimberly Evans The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Shadow of the Windby, The Angel's Game, The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
              Delfina Ferrer Man’s search of Meaning by Viktor FranklJackie Brick Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley
              Gaelle Delaunay A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
              Barb Baxter All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, El Tiempo Entre Costuras by Maria Duenas
              Ana Barasoain Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
              John Groess The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Term Limits by Vince Flynn
              Marjorie Hardison The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and A Separate Peace by John Knowles
              Jonny Levin One Big Damn Puzzler by John Hardin
              Trudy Rutherford Pilars of the Earth by Ken Follet, River God by Wilbur Smith
              Brtiiney Reed, The Eight by Katherine Neville, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Empire of Sand by Robert Ryan
              Joanna Miller A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
              Luna Cano The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
              Kim Evans Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
              Sheri Sairafian The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
              Todd Hainline Me Talk Pretty Someday by David Sedaris
              Joy Edenfield TheElegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
              Cheryl Harbora Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
              Ronny Perez Daemon and Freedom by Daniel Suarez, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Lexicon by Max Barry, The Swarm by Frank Schätzing, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) by Patrick Rothfuss, A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) by George R.R. Martin, The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien
              Blandine Dailloux All the novels by Dona Leon starring Brunetti, Fear of Flying by Erika Young, La Trilogía del Baztán by Dolores Redondo, The Attack by Yasmina Khadra
              Kari Backes The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
              Andy George Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
              Melanie Doty Little Women By Louisa M Alcott
              Allison Wickman Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli
              Carole Granier Lord Jim by J Conrad
              Caroline Schley The Monkeywrench Gang, Desert Solitaire, A Fool’s Progress, all by Edward Abbey, Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover, Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
              Meghan Perks The History of Love by Nicole Krauss


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