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2010-2011 ACADEMIC YEAR


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ENGLISH 90R-98R-110R READING LIST


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Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart/Autobiography/I 210

The contemporary African writer's classic novel depicting the destruction of traditional tribal life by the white man.

Ackerman, Diane The Zookeeper’s Wife/Nonfiction/A 325

This is the true story of a Polish zookeeper and his wife survived World War II when the Germans destroyed Poland. The story follows their experience as well as including broad historical facts and acute statistics.


Adams, Richard Watership Down/Fantasy/I 500

Adams's Watership Down takes focuses on a world people have never truly seen. It is an experience showing the remarkable life that teems in the fields, forests, and riverbanks far beyond our cities and towns.


Adiga, Aravind The White Tiger/Ficton/I 280

An Indian man recounts how he brought himself up from being very poor to being a wealthy entrepreneur. The story is told in flashbacks as he shares his story with a Chinese man. He describes his childhood in minor detail up until he became a rich man’s chauffeur. From there, he goes into more detail about his job as a driver/servant, and how and why he killed his boss.


Ahmedi, Farah, and Ansary, Tamin…… The Other Side of the Sky (The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl)/Autobiography/B & I 250

Farah loses a leg as a child and is shipped to Germany for two years to get better medical care. When she returns to her home in Afghanistan, she is surrounded by violence and war. When she loses her entire family except her mother, Farah decides to take her mother to America for a better life. After many health battles and emotional struggles, they finally reach America only to discover that life in the US isn’t what they expected.


Albom, Mitch The Five People You Meet in Heaven/Fiction/B & I 150

Eddie is an eighty-three-year-old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life fixing rides at an amusement park. After a tragic accident kills him, he awakes in the afterlife where he learns that heaven is a place where your life is explained to you by five people. One by one, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life and revealing the purpose of his life on earth.


Albom, Mitch ……..…………….For One More Day/Fiction/B & I…………………………………..150

A man on the brink of suicide has a car accident after which he spends one final day with his deceased mother and survives with a renewed desire to live.


Albom, Mitch Tuesdays With Morrie/Fiction/B & I 190

Mitch Albom rediscovers Morrie, his college professor from nearly twenty years previous, in the last months of the Morrie's life. Even though Morrie was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live.


Aldrich, Bess A Lantern in Her Hand/Fiction/I 275

After marrying Will Deal and moving to Nebraska, Abbie endures the difficulties of frontier life and raises her children to pursue the ambitions that were once her own.


Alcott, Louisa May Little Women/Fiction/I 550

While their father is away in the Civil War, the four sisters and their mother work hard to maintain a happy and peaceful home.


Allen, Frederick Only Yesterday/Nonfiction/A 325

Written in 1931, Only Yesterday traces the rise of post-World War I prosperity up to the stock market crash of 1929 against a colorful backdrop of flappers, speakeasies, Al Capone, the first radio, and the scandalous rise of skirt hemlines.


Allende, Isabel Zorro/Historical Fiction/A 390

The author adapts the story of Zorro from his birth to the time his legend became known. The reader learns about his parents’ pasts, his birth, his education, and the important events in his life that created this person who fought for justice. It is a story with an interesting cast of characters and their adventures together.


Anaya, Rudolfo Bless Me, Ultima/Fiction/I 275

This story pits good against evil, Catholic beliefs against the "old ways," and education against the gift of intuition; the book ends with acceptance and new life challenges.


Anderson, Laurie Chains/Historical Fiction/I 300

A young girl fights for her freedom while America is fighting for its independence from British control. Isabel is a slave to a British couple, but she becomes a spy for the American rebels in an attempt to earn her freedom. She develops a kinship with a rebel boy, and they end up escaping together.


Anderson, Laurie Fever/Historical Fiction/I 245

Matilda and her family are working in the family coffeehouse when the yellow fever hit Philadelphia. Matilda is forced to grow up quickly when she is left to take care of herself. She is surrounded by disease and barely escapes death from the yellow fever. Her personal growth comes full circle when her mother returns from the countryside and finds Matilda running the family coffeehouse.

Anderson, Laurie ……..……..Speak/Fiction/B…………………………….………………………………225

A teenage girl struggles to find her place in a high school where she has become an outcast because of a dark secret she holds within her.


Anderson, Laurie Twisted/Fiction/B 250

A young boy tries to deal with a newfound high school reputation after being arrested the semester previous. He struggles with having a crush on his enemy’s sister, fighting with his father and trying to live up to everyone’s expectations.


Anderson, Marian My Lord, What a Morning/Autobiography/I 300

In this autobiography, first published in 1956, the contralto recounts her musical career and her battles with racism.


Angelou, Maya I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings/Autobiography/I 280

This memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s.


Anthony, Piers……………A Spell for Chameleon/Fiction/I 345

Xanth is the enchanted land where magic rules—where every citizen has a special spell only he can cast.

Armstrong, Lance It's Not About the Bike/Autobiography/I 275

This is the story of the athlete as a young boy and his relationship with his single mother, his success as a world-class cyclist, and his friends in that world.


Armstrong, William Sounder/Fiction/B 115

Sounder traces the keen sorrow and the abiding faith of a poor African-American boy in the 19th-century South.


Asimov, Isaac Foundation/Fiction/I 300

Foundation marks the first of a series of tales set so far in the future that Earth is all but forgotten by humans who live throughout the galaxy.


Ayer, Eleanor Parallel Journeys/Biography/I 250

The author tells the true story of the Holocaust through the voices of a Jewish woman and a Hitler youth.


Baca, Santiago A Place to Stand/Autobiography/I 265

Jimmy Santiago Baca tells the story of his time in prison. He begins by briefly describing his troubled childhood and then moves on to his somewhat peaceful late teens. He is thrown in jail for drug dealing, and the rest of the story focuses on his experiences in prison over the next five years.


Bach, Richard Jonathan Livingston Seagull/Fiction/I 115

"Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight—how to get from shore to food and back again," writes author Richard Bach in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull.


Ball, John In the Heat of the Night/Fiction/I 190

From an Edgar Award-winning author comes this international bestseller that was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier. The murder of a noted orchestra conductor at a local music festival pits black, big-city homicide expert Virgil Tibbs against the bigoted police department in a small Southern town, when they are forced to join forces to solve the crime.


Banks, Lynne The Indian in the Cupboard/Fiction/B 230

A young boy finds adventure and a friend when he learns that his cupboard has magical powers.


Barrett, William The Lilies of the Field/Fiction/B 130

Homer Smith, a black ex-GI, encounters Mother Maria Marthe, the leader of a group of

German-speaking nuns, and is soon playing a pivotal role in helping them realize their

dream of building an adobe chapel in the desert.


Barry, Dave The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog/Fiction/B 120

Doug is an adolescent who tells brief snippets of his life as a young boy. He discusses his family is part, as well as his life at school. He focuses on the Christmas season and how his family came to have a new dog named Walter.


Beals, Melba Pattillo Warriors Don’t Cry (abridged)/Autobiography/I 240

Warriors Don't Cry (unabridged) 325 In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen and became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board Education, she was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. This is her remarkable story.


Bechard, Margaret Hanging on to Max/Contemporary Teen Fiction/B 200

A high school boy tries to raise his baby alone. This is a realistic and touching novel.


Bettis, Jerome The Bus/Autobiography/ 210

Jerome Bettis tells his life story from a youngster until he retired from his football career. He recounts the trials and tribulations that brought him from a Detroit ghetto to a Super Bowl victory.


Borland, Hal When the Legends Die/Fiction/B 290

When his father killed another brave, Thomas Black Bull and his parents sought refuge in the wilderness. There they took up life as it had been in the old days, hunting, fishing, and battling for survival.


Boulle, Pierre The Bridge On the River Kwai/Historical Fiction/I 230

Bridge on the River Kwai tells the story of three POWs who endure the hell of the

Japanese prison camps on the Burma-Siam railway. One prisoner, Colonel Nicholson, is a man prepared to sacrifice his life but not his dignity.

Boulle, Pierre Planet of the Apes/Science Fiction/I 200

In the novel Planet of the Apes, the three Frenchmen making the first interstellar journey discover a remarkably Earth-like world orbiting Betelgeuse. There is, however, one crucial difference: The humans are dumb beasts, and the apes are intelligent.


Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pajamas/Fiction/B 215

A young German boy moves next door to a concentration camp. He befriends a Jewish boy in the camp from the other side of the fence. He was too young to understand the differences between them, and the book shows his confusion and innocence.


Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451/Science Fiction/I 185

In Fahrenheit 451, firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. Guy Montag knew what he had to do.


Bradbury, Ray The Illustrated Man/Science Fiction/I 190

His body was a riot of rockets and fountains and people in such intricately detailed illustrations and color that one could hear the voiced murmuring, small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body.


Bradford, Richard Red Sky at Morning/Historical Fiction/I 250

The classic coming-of-age story set during World War II about the enduring spirit of youth and the values in life that count.


Bradley, James Flags of our Fathers/Nonfiction/I & A 200

The story is focused around the flag-raising on Iwo Jima. The author briefly chronicles the lives of the six men who would ultimately raise the American flag on Iwo Jima, which would become one of the most iconic images in the US. The book also includes the history of the war as well as the postwar effects suffered by the survivors.


Braithwaite, E.R. To Sir, With Love/Fiction/I 220

To Sir, With Love is the account of Braithwaite's experiences as a teacher at Greenslade Secondary School in the east end of London providing a picture of his natural ability to teach, counsel, and inspire the young.


Brin, David The Uplift War/Science Fiction/A 640

Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience without being "uplifted" by a patron race. But the greatest mystery of all remains unsolved: who uplifted humankind?


Brokaw, Tom A Long Way From Home/Autobiography/A 240

Tom Brokaw chronicles his life and family history in the Midwest. He highlights his triumphs personally and professionally.


Brontë, Charlotte Jane Eyre/Fiction/A 450

In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysteriously remote Mr. Rochester.


Brontë, Emily Wuthering Heights/Fiction/A 350

This is the tempestuous and mythic story of Catherine Earnshaw, the precocious daughter of the house, and the ruggedly handsome, uncultured foundling, Heathcliff. The story is played out against the backdrop of English moors, no less wild and raw than the love Heathcliff and Catherine develop for one another.


Brown, Dan Angels and Demons/Suspense-Thriller/A 570

Pitting scientific terrorists against the cardinals of Vatican City, this thriller is full of Vatican intrigue and high-tech drama.


Brown, James The Los Angeles Diaries/Autobiography/A 200

The writer describes in specific and powerful terms his and his family’s battle with alcohol and drug addiction.


Buck, Pearl Dragon Seed/Fiction/A 375

Pearl Buck describes the simple life of a village family in China before and during World War II. She follows the lives of each family member: the daughter and her husband who cooperate with the Japanese, the sons who escape to the hills and join the Chinese resistance, the youngest teenage daughter who is sent away to avoid rape, and the simple aging farmer and his wife who stay with their land at all costs.


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