Summer Reading List

This Is Not a Test “Graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in computer science, Jose Vilson left campus with no job and a few hundred dollars to his name, propelling him (eventually) to his calling: teaching middle school children math in a public school in Washington Heights / Inwood, Manhattan.”

Vilson, Jose. This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014. Print.

I Funny: A Middle School Story “Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world’s greatest standup comedian—even if he doesn’t have a lot to laugh about these days.”

Patterson, James, and Chris Grabenstein. I Funny: A Middle School Story. NewYork: Little, Brown and Company, 2012. Print.

Last Evenings On Earth “Roberto Bolano’s story collection Last Evenings on Earth was acclaimed by Francine Prose inThe New York Times Book Review as “something extraordinarily beautiful and (at least to me) entirely new….””

Bolaño, Roberto. Last Evenings on Earth. Trans. Chris Andrews. New York: A New Directions Book, 2007. Print.

Boxers “The Boxer Rebellion is a war that took place on Chinese soil over 100 years ago.”

Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers. New York: First Second, 2013. Print.

Howl and Other Poems “The epigraph for Howl is from Walt Whitman: “Unscrew the locks from the doors!/Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!””

Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1959. Print.

Open Veins of Latin America “Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America.”

Galeano, Eduardo. The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1997. Audiobook.

Peace, Locomotion “In this sequel to Locomotion, Lonnie, now age 12, has become adjusted to his foster family.”

Woodson, Jacqueline. Peace, Locomotion. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009. Print.

Saints “Western powers were able to establish concessions – pieces of land that functioned as colonies – all across China.”

Yang, Gene Luen. Saints. New York: First Second, 2013. Print.

Blow Up and Other Stories “A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams . . . A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer’s victim . . . “

Cortazar, Julio. Blow Up and Other Stories. Trans. Paul Blackburn. New York: Pantheon Books, 1967. Print.

The One and Only Ivan “Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.”

Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan. New York: HarperCollins Publishing, 2012. eBook.

Ungifted “The word “gifted” has never been applied to Donovan Curtis. It’s usually more like “don’t try this at home.” So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he’s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.”

Korman, Gordon. Ungifted. Toronto: Scholastic Inc., 2012. Audiobook.

The Imagist Poets “Collection contains 81 poems from 13 poets, inluding: Richard Aldington, H.D., John Gould Fletcher, F.S. Flint, D.H. Lawrence, Amy Lowell, Skipwith Cannell, William Carlos Williams, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Hueffer, Allen Upward, and John Cournos!”

Joyce, James et al. The Imagist Poets: A Collection of Imagist Poetry. A & L eBooks, 2011. eBook.

The Shock Doctrine “In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.”

Klein, Naomi. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. New York: Picador, 2007. Audiobook.


7 thoughts on “Summer Reading List

  1. Bolano is the man. Latin American, chiliean, south american poets have serious rhthym fire and music in their shit. This only means they had lived lives full of roller coaster rides of venom life. They didn’t play some crazy card like jack and Burroughs did to get out of the military. I am reading between parentheses by bolano now


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