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June 16, 2023

Craig’s List: 2023 summer reading

At the beach, on a plane, in a boat. Wherever you are, these PA-curated books offer something for everyone.

Beginning in 1990, beloved English instructor Craig Thorn began collecting and distributing a summer reading list with suggestions from members of the faculty and staff. The tradition of ‘Craig’s List' has been carried on, curated, and shared among the Andover community in recent years by long-time faculty member David Fox. This year’s edition is dedicated to Craig’s friend and colleague Tom McGraw (1950-2023).

Craig Thorn

John Bird

  • Bennett, Jane, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things
  • Jackson, Jay, Bungleton Green and Mystic Commandos
  • Reed, Adolph, The South: Jim Crow and Its Afterlives

Robert Briggs

  • Ellis, Joseph, The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents, 1773-1783
  • Peart, Neil, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road
  • Posnanski, Joe, The Baseball 100
  • Schulz, Charles, The Complete Peanuts 1957-1958: Vol 4

Chris Capano

  • Bacon, John, The Greatest Comeback: How Team Canada Fought Back, Took the Summit Series, and Reinvented Hockey
  • Bissinger, Buzz, The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II
  • Bill Lichtenstein, WBCN and the American Revolution: How a Radio Station Defined Politics, Counterculture, and Rock and Roll
  • Pearlman, Jeff, The Last Folk Hero, the Life and Myth of Bo Jackson
  • Tucci, Stanley, The Tucci Table: Cooking with Family and Friends
  • Wenner, Jan, Like A Rolling Stone: A Memoir

Sara Erdmann

  • Aronson, Louise, Elderhood
  • Chan, Jessamine, The School for Good Mothers
  • Oshetsky, Claire, Chouette
  • Patchett, Ann, These Precious Days

David Fox

  • Bogdanich, Walt, When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm
  • Bringley, Patrick, All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me
  • Checkoway, Julie, The Three-Year Swim Club
  • Delmont, Matthew, Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad
  • Luckerson, Victor, Built from the Fire: The Epic Story of Tulsa’s Greenwood District, America’s Black Wall Street
  • Robin, Corey, The Enigma of Clarence Thomas

Anna Gesing

  • Cohen, Deborah, Last Call at the Hotel Imperial
  • Grann, David, Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders & the Birth of the FBI Macintyre, Ben, Prisoners of the Castle: an Epic
  • Story of Survival & Escape from Colditz
  • Morton, Kate, Homecoming
  • Walls, Janette, Hang the Moon

Jacques Hugon

  • Gaiman, Neil, The Graveyard Book
  • LeGuinn, Ursula, A Wizard of Earthsea

Maxine Hugon

  • Jenkins Reid, Taylor, Daisy Jones & The Six
  • Lazaridis, Henriette, Terra Nova
  • Zevin, Gabrielle, Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Chris Jones

  • Dewey, John, Democracy and Education
  • Griffiths, Elly, The Crossing Places
  • Shepard, Jim, Like You’d Understand, Anyway
  • Thompson, Helen, Blood in the Water

Emma Lavoi

  • Benedict, Marie, The Only Woman in the Room
  • Benedict, Marie and Victoria Murray, The Personal Librarian
  • Quinn, Kate, The Rose Code
  • Williams, Beatriz, A Hundred Summers

Kate McQuade

  • Armfield, Julia, Our Wives Under the Sea
  • Chan, Jessamine, The School for Good MOthers
  • Garza, Kimberly, The Last Karankawas
  • Makkai, Rebecca, I Have Some Questions for You
  • Shaitkin, Alexis, Elsewhere
  • Zevin, Gabrielle, Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

KeeShawn Murphy

  • Backman, Fredrik, A Man Called Ove
  • Ching, Bora, Closed Bunny
  • Danticat, Edwidge, The Dew Breaker
  • Fernandes, Megan, Good Boys
  • Laymon, Kiese, Long Division
  • Machado, Carmen Maria, The Low Low Woods Naga, Noor, If an Egyptian cannot speak English
  • Reid, Iain, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
  • Vuong, Ocean, Time is a Mother
  • Zevin, Gabrielle, Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Emily Raymundo

  • Alam, Rumaan, Leave the World Behind
  • Chung, Gina, Sea Change
  • Córdova, Zoraida, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina Jones, Stephen Graham, The Only Good Indians Nardone, Mai, Welcome Me to the Kingdom
  • Reid, Kiley, Such A Fun Age
  • Solomon, Rivers, Sorrowland
  • Vo, Nghi, Siren Queen

Garrett Richie

  • Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame, Chain Gang All Stars

Paige Roberts

  • Graeber, David, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
  • Krasznahorkai, Laszlo, Seiobo There Below
  • Machado de Assis, Joaquim, The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas
  • Melchor, Fernanda, Hurricane Season

John Rogers

  • Gay, Ross, The Book of Delights: Essays
  • Gyasi, Yaa, Transcendent Kingdom
  • Saunders, George, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: in which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Reading, Writing, and Life
  • Susskind, Leonard, The Theoretical Minimum Series: General Relativity

Jose Zorilla

  • Rhodes, Richard, The Making of the Atomic Bomb
  • Vallejo, Irene, Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World
  • Weinberg, Steven, The First Three Minutes

There will be a written exam in the fall.

Craig Thorn (1958-2006)

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