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Ten random things: July 5

Ten books from the summer reading lists of Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School:

  1. Terry Brooks, The Elfstones of Shannara (10th grade regular English)
  2. Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast (11th grade regular English)
  3. Mir Tamim Ansary, West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story (12th grade regular English)
  4. Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain (10th grade advanced English)
  5. Langston Hughes, The Big Sea (11th grade advanced English)
  6. Annie Dillard, An American Childhood (11th grade AP Language)
  7. Seamus Heaney, trans., Beowulf (12th grade AP Literature)
  8. John Gardner, Grendel (12th grade AP Literature)
  9. Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees (10th grade regular English)
  10. Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air (12th grade regular English)

Listed among the non-fiction books from which rising tenth-graders can choose for their summer reading is The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. Of course, we have The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman shelved as non-fiction at my bookstore, so I really have no room to criticize. (Not that I'm responsible for where the corporate merchandising department decides where to categorize the books.)

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