WOHS LMC Faculty Summer Reading
You know you've been waiting all year!
...and what a year it has been!
“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” ~ Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
All Adults Here by Emma Straub - F
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd - K + F
A Burning by Megha Majumdar - F
Deacon King Kong by James McBride - F
The year is 1969. In a housing project in south Brooklyn, a shambling old church deacon called Sportscoat shoots – for no apparent reason – the local drug-dealer who used to be part of the church’s baseball team. The repercussions of that moment draw in the whole community, from Sportscoat’s best friend – Hot Sausage – to the local Italian mobsters, the police (corrupt and otherwise), and the stalwart ladies of the Five Ends Baptist Church.
DEACON KING KONG is a book about a community under threat, about the ways people pull together in an age when the old rules are being rewritten.
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano - K + F
Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery...
The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird - K + F
So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as race champions—and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, who’s hell bent on protecting the world’s birds of prey.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon - YA - K + F
Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl--which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit . . . who is white.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel - Author of WOHS fave, Station Eleven! K + F
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare K + F
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston - K + F
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin - Watch the movie! K + L
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson - Watch the movie for free until the end of June! - K + L
A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash - Recent WOHS Faculty Book Club Title - F
A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town....
For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to - an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's.
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore - Matz and Tindall came upon this gem about our own Thomas Edison, when doing some research on a grant! - F
Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende - K + F
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa - F
The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai - K + F
The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia - F
Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, WOHS Faculty Book Club Pick, NEHS Common Read K + L
Normal People by Sally Rooney - A Hulu Original - K + F
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue (will be published July, 2020)
In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders -- Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumoured Rebel on the run from the police , and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.
In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other's lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world.
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larsen - WOHS Fave author! K + L
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James - In the creepy page-turner category... F
Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger - K + F
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi - Based on Kendi's National Award Winner, Stamped from the Beginning - 2020 Global Read Aloud -K + F
*West Orange District Summer Read
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett - WOHS Faculty Book Club Summer Pick - F
The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah K. Broome - National Book Award Winner K + L
K = on WOHS Kindles
L= in WOHS LMC Collection
F = Coming in our Fall 2020 Order
*Read Image from PlusLexia.com
Some former faves:
11.22.63, Stephen King
A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler
All the Light We Can Not See, Anthony Doerr
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Alice Network, Kate Quinn
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Housseini
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Becoming by Michele Obama
Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate
Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans…, Daniel Brown
Child 44, Tom Robb Smith
Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi
Circe, Madeline Miller
Culturize by Jimmy Casas
Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
Daisy Jones & the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
Dead Wake, Erik Larson
Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher
Devil in the White City, Erik Larson (+Anything by Larson)
Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover
Endurance, Scott Kelly
Feel Free, Zadie Smith
The Friend, Sigrid Nunez
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Library Book, Susan Orlean
The Map Thief, Michael Blanding
A Man Called Ove: A Novel, Frederick Backman
Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline
The Martian, Andrew Weir
Me Before You, JoJo Moyes
The Milkman, Anna Burns
Moloka’i, Alan Brennert
News of the World, Paulette Jiles (Movie scheduled 12.2020)
The Night Tiger, Yangste Choo
Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson
The Orphan Train, Christina Baker Cline
The Overstory, Richard Powers
Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
Patsy, Nicole Dennis-Benn
Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
The Radium Girls, Kate Moore
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace:…, Jeff Hobbs
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
The Storyteller, Jodi Piccoult
The Tatooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris
Tortilla Curtain, T. C. Boyle
The Tzar of Love and Techno, Anthony Marra
Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas
Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens