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CCHS Sumer Reading 2019

Welcome to the 2019 CCHS Recommended Summer Reading List!

We live in a golden age of storytelling and this list is evidence that new authors with amazing tales are finding broader audiences than in the past.

Take some time this summer to stretch yourself as a reader and try something new!

Download the 2019 list here : )

Books your teachers will be reading over the summer: Books your teachers recommend for summer reading:
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Everything Under, Danse Macabre
Becca Lindamood - Good and Mad: the Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister
Everything Under, Danse Macabre
Kevin Pennucci
"The Well of Ascension" from the Mistborn Trilogy.
Simon Winchester's new book, The Perfectionist: how precision engineers created the modern world. Do we have it, Robin?
Matt Goldberg
Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Cicchetti

Upheaval by Jared Diamond: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

I may reread the books by Louise Penney, The Chief Inspector Gamache series.

Nora Murphy

Sea People by Christina Thompson
Stefanie Cloutier -- In the Heart of the Sea. I only know it's about the story of Moby Dick, which I have never read, written by the incomparable Nathaniel Philbrick. Was also made into a movie, which I also didn't see, so am really looking forward to diving into this story.
Madeleine Pooler

From the NY Times: Sapolsky has created an immensely readable, often hilarious romp through the multiple worlds of psychology, primatology, sociology and neurobiology to explain why we behave the way we do
Ben Franklin - An American Life by Walter Isaacson
Fascism by Madeleine Albright
(Mx. Hull) The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Speeches, Essays, and Meditations by Toni Morrison. Kirkus Review asserts that this collection includes, "Brilliantly incisive essays, speeches, and meditations considering race, power, identity, and art."
Kimberly Magee - The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Susan Cahaly - Becoming by Michelle Obama
Priscilla Guiney- Educated by Tara Westover
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel
Sleeping Beauties by Owen and Stephen King
Maia Raber- The Great Believers
Dora Golding: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong
Stephen Lane - The Chef's Secret: a Novel, by Crystal King (Renaissance history, a famous cookbook, secret love - what's not to like?)
There There, La Rose, Educated, Hillbilly Elegy, Salvage the Bones (should I keep going? :), Everything I Never Told You. . .
Becca Lindamood - Neurotribes: the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
There There, La Rose, Educated, Hillbilly Elegy, Salvage the Bones (should I keep going? :), Everything I Never Told You. . .
Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Evolutionary socio-psychological walk through the origin of the species and our impact on each other and the world. Witty and wise, raising more questions than it answers. I'm halfway through and planning to finish it by early summer.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Kind of a Gone with the Wind on the Korean Peninsula. Epic multi-generational story of a family and it's interactions with culture, politics, oppression, and resiliency. Compelling read!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

- Robin Cicchetti

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Irregulars, Jennet Conant
Miracles on the Water, Tom Nigorski

Rebecca Gurley
Nora Murphy

The Wicked Pavilion by Dawn Powell
Stefanie Cloutier -- News of the World. Beautifully written story that takes place five years after the end of the Civil War, and touches on the mood of the country at the time and the issue of child kidnapping by native tribes. Characters are fully realized, the setting is magnificently described -- it's a pleasure to read for the prose alone, but the story is compelling. More than worth your time.
Furious Hours, Casey Cep

Continuing my fascination with Harper Lee, I am reading this true crime story about a trial which Harper Lee tried to write about in the 1970s, without success apparently. The crime story is fascinating; I haven't yet gotten to Harper Lee's part in it, but it's a great read so far.
Madeleine Pooler


Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend who not only won the Tour de France twice but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. In Road to Valor, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali’s journey, from an impoverished childhood in rural Tuscany to his first triumph at the 1938 Tour de France. As World War II ravaged Europe, Bartali undertook dangerous activities to help those being targeted in Italy, including sheltering a family of Jews and smuggling counterfeit identity documents in the frame of his bicycle
The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Korey Stamper. You'll never look at words the same after reading this...
(Mx. Hull) White Houses by Amy Bloom compellingly uses fiction to explore the real-life romance between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok from Hick's perspective during Roosevelt's White House years and beyond.
Kimberly Magee - The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
Priscilla Guiney- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens- a beautifully written story of a tough, resilient young girl name Kya who finds her solace in the marshy wilds of North Carolina. This lyrical read sweeps you up in Kya's longing for human connections while a murder mystery unfolds
100 Things to see in the Night Sky by Dean Regas
The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Games of Thrones book 1- both are outstanding and make for great companions to the film/ show but also stand did not feel redundant to read them after watching them...
Maia Raber- Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Dora Golding: Gingerbread, by Helen Oyeyemi
Victoria Moskowitz -- The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Jen Greeley—There, There by Tommy Orange
Stephen Lane - Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics, by Richard Thaler (one nerd book)


Recommended Summer Reading 2018

CCHS Summer Reading 2017

What are you reading?

Summer is a time for slowing down, unplugging, reconnecting, and reading the books you don't have time to read during the school year.

Join the CCHS Faculty in

conversations about reading.

CCHS Summer Reading 2017 Full List (Recommended titles - something for everyone!)

2017 Faculty & Staff Book Recommendations

Join the CCHS faculty and staff in reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.

Click HERE for a list of what CCHS faculty will be reading over the summer, and see their recommendations. We hope these lists inspire you to pick up a book and find some quiet time to read over the summer!

Reading a Book from Every Country in the World

The Danger of a Single Story

Why a Good Book is a Secret Door

How Books Can Open Your Mind

101 Great Books

Colson Whitehead National Book Award 2016

The CCHS Faculty & Staff Summer Reading choice is

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Join us!

Discussion groups Thursday, Sept. 28th, 2017

during lunch blocks : )

2017 Titles

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CCHS Summer Reading 2017
CCHS Summer Reading 2017 1 member
Summer reading ideas for CCHS students.

Books we've read

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Empress of a Thousand Skies
The Girl with All the Gifts
The Underground Railroad
Salt to the Sea
The Hate U Give
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
The Sun Is Also a Star
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

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