June 19, 2018

2018 Summer Reading List

On the beach, in a plane, on a boat. Wherever you are, these PA-curated books are sure to please any taste.

Titled ‘Craig’s List' to honor the memory of legendary PA English teacher Craig Thorn, who started the tradition more than 30 years ago, this list has been curated and shared among the Andover community in recent years by David Fox.

Aya Murata

  • Julie Lythcott-Haims, Real American

Jacques Hugon

  • Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci
  • Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

Max Hugon

  • Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove
  • Marcia DeSanctis, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go
  • Elena Ferrante, The Neapolitan Novels
  • Andrew Sean Greer, Less: A Novel
  • Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt
  • Mark Sullivan, Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

Kate McQuade

  • Lesley Nneka Arimah, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
  • Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves
  • Sarah Hall, Madame Zero
  • Megan Hunter, The End We Start From
  • Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties
  • Cal Newport, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • Anne Valente, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down
  • Kevin Young, Blue Laws

Bruce Bacon

  • Adam Alter, Irresistible, The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
  • Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

John Bird

  • Paul Blackburn (trans.), Proensa: An Anthology of Troubadour Poetry
  • Carl Cederström and André Spicer, Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement: A Year Inside the Optimization Movement
  • Barbara Comyns, The Juniper Tree; The Vet's Daughter; Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
  • Franklin Foer, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech
  • Renee Gladman, Event Factory; The Ravickians; Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge
  • Byung-Chul Han, Psycho-Politics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power
  • Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
  • Hilda Lewis, The Witch and the Priest
  • Andy Merrifield, The Amateur: The Pleasures of Doing What You Love
  • Joan Murray, Drafts, Fragments, and Poems: The Complete Poetry
  • Muriel Rukeyser, Elegies
  • Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, The Dead Mountaineer's Inn
  • Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing

David Freilach

  • Alan Lightman, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

David Rea

  • Sebastian Jünger, Tribe

Paige Roberts

  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History
  • Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma
  • Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees

Michael Blake

  • Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
  • Martin Doyle, The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers
  • Jodi Picoult, Small, Great, Things

Jineyda Tapia

  • Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
  • Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
  • Sonya Renee Taylor, The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

Sarah Driscoll

  • Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

Flavia Vidal

  • Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility
  • Amanda Foreman, The Ascent of Woman (BBC/Netflix documentary)
  • Roxane Gay, Not That Bad
  • Leigh Gilmore, Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
  • Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
  • Chessy Prout, I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope
  • Weike Wang, Chemistry
  • Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Allen Grimm

  • Luis Alfaro, Black Butterflies, Jaguar Girl, Piñata Woman and Other Superhero Girls, Like Me
  • Roxane Gay, Hunger
  • Winter Miller, Conspicuous
  • Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Leslie Condon

  • Damon Tweedy, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine

Will Orben

  • Sebastian Abbot, The Away Game
  • Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
  • Giles Tremlett, Ghosts of Spain

Michael Swarttz

  • Brene Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • James Comey, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership
  • Ronan Farrow, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
  • Steve Leder, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us
  • Bandy Lee, et. al., The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
  • Lee McIntyre, Post-Truth
  • Jonathan Sacks, The Dignity of Difference
  • Matthew Syed, Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes—But Some Do
  • Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and the Art of Living
  • Katy Tur, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • Richard Wolman, Thinking With Your Soul: Spiritual Intelligence and Why It Matters

Amy Wiggins

  • J. K. Rowling, Very Good Lives

Peter Drench

  • Rebecca T. Alpert, Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball
  • David Epstein, The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
  • Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; The Broken Road
  • Phil Klay, Redeployment
  • Fritz Stern, Einstein's German World

Robert Briggs

  • Philip Jose Farmer, River World
  • Dylan Jones, David Bowie: A Life
  • Anne Sebba, Les Parisiennes – How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation
  • Jay Winik, 1944 – FDR And The Year That Changed History

Pat Davison

  • Jennifer Chiaverini, Enchantress of Numbers
  • Helene Cooper, The House at Sugar Beach
  • Paul Dunbar, We Wear the Mask
  • Ken Follett, Column of Fire
  • John Green, The Fault in our Stars
  • Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
  • Paula Hawkins, Into the Water
  • Pam Jenoff, Orphan's Tale
  • Hillary Jordan, Mudbound
  • Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
  • Karen Kondazian, The Whip
  • Liane Moriarty, What Alice Forgot
  • Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere
  • Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things
  • Zadie Smith, Swing Time
  • Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
  • Robin Talley, What We Left Behind
  • Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Adriana Trigiano, The Shoemaker's Wife; Very Valentine; The Supreme Macaroni Company
  • JD Vance, Hillbilly Elegy

Patricia Har

  • Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
  • Anna Freud, Psycho-Analysis for Teachers and Parents
  • Rivka Galchen, Little Labors
  • Madeleine Thein, Do Not Say We Have Nothing

David Fox

  • John Barry, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America
  • Paul Beatty, The Sellout
  • Paul Bocuse, The Complete Recipes
  • Wendy Brown, States of Injury
  • Asad Haider, Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump
  • Samuel Moyn, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History
  • Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
  • Jedediah Purdy, After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene

Jerry Hagler

  • Reza Aslan, God: A Human History
  • Giulia Ender, Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
  • Brian Fagan, The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
  • Nigel Hamilton, The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942
  • Nigel Hamilton, Commander in Chief: FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943
  • Jonathan Losos, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance and the Future of Evolution
  • Randy Peffer and Robert Nersasian, Never to Return
  • Justin Schmidt, The Sting of the Wild
  • Michael Summers, Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System
  • Seth Stevens-Davidowitz, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • Chris Thomas, Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature is Thriving in an Age of Extinction

Tom Kane

  • Adam Alter, Irresistible
  • May-lee Chai, The Girl from Purple Mountain
  • Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy
  • Virginia Eubanks, Automating Inequality
  • Alexis Pauline Gumbs, M Archive
  • Anthony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine
  • Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room
  • Tom Lowenstein, The Trials of Walter Ogrod
  • Mary Oliver, Devotions
  • Benjamin Rachlin, The Ghost of an Innocent Man
  • Jackie Wang, Carcereal Capitalism
  • H. James Wilson, Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI
  • George Yancy, Backlash
  • Stefan Zweig, Chess Story

There will be a written exam in the fall.

Craig Thorn (1958-2006)

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