George School English Department General Reading List 2016-2017

The English Department put together this list of writers. We did include some actual book recommendations but work by these writers would be acceptable summer reading. While you are required to read only one book, we enthusiastically encourage you to read more than one.

Fiction
Alan Bennett
Lucia Berlin “A Manual for Cleaning Women”
Daniel James Brown “The Boys in the Boat”
Ta-nehisi Coates “Between the World and Me”
Michael Cunningham
Anthony Doerr “All the Light We Cannot See”
Jeffrey Eugenides
Philippa Gregory
Chad Harbach “The Art of Fielding”
Patricia Heisman
Nick Hornby
Khaled Hosseini
Kazuo Ishiguro “The Remains of the Day”
William Kamkwamba “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”
Barbara Kinsgsolver “The Poisonwood Bible”
Jon Krakauer “Into the Wild”
Erik Larson
Helen Macdonald “H is for Hawk”
Hillary Mantel “Wolf Hall”
Yann Martel
Walter Dean Myers
David Nicholls
Tea Obreht “The Tiger’s Wife”
Salman Rushdie
Karen Russell “Swamplandia”
Jose Saramago
Cheryl Strayed “Wild”
Amy Tan
Donna Tartt “The Goldfinch”
Johnathan Tropper
Kurt Vonnegut
Jeannette Walls “The Glass Castle”
Evelyn Waugh

Mystery
Michael Connolly
Raymond Chandler
Gillian Flynn
Robert Galbriath (JK Rowling)
PD James
Stieg Larsson

Fantasy and Science Fiction
Orson Scott Card
Philip K. Dick
Neil Gaiman
Robert Jordan
George Martin
Terry Pratchett
Patrick Rothfuss
Brandon Sanderson

Non-Fiction
Bill Bryson
Ron Chernow “Alexander Hamilton”
Lena Dunham “Not That Kind of Girl” – collection of essays
MFK Fisher (Food writer)
Malcolm Gladwell
Martin Kalasky
Steven King “On Writing”
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner “Freakonomics”
Michael Pollan
Forrest Pritchard “Gaining Ground”
David Sedaris
Rebecca Skloot “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
David Foster Wallace
Malala Yousafzai “I am Malala”

Drama
James Baldwin
Tony Kushner “A Bright Room Called Day”
August Wilson

updated June 15, 2016