Summer 2017 Reading Assignments
Joanne Miceli

Reading broadly and intelligently are essential components of a good education, and Blair faculty members encourage reading throughout the year. The summer is no exception, which is why all Blair students are expected to read a minimum of four fiction or nonfiction books over the summer, and they are urged to read even more.

Noting that there are many exciting and informative titles included in this year's required summer reading list, Dean of Academics Nathan Molteni reminds students that they must read all books assigned for the courses in which they are enrolled for the 2017-2018 academic year (see list below). In addition, every Blair student must read Chemistry by Weike Wang, this year's all-school summer reading book. Students may choose the other books they will read to make up their total of four (or more), and depending upon their courses, they may be examined on one or all of their choices.

New and returning students enrolled in language courses for the 2017-2018 academic year must also complete summer work. Click here visit the "Parent Information & Forms" webpage, where details on all summer assignments can be found.

Titles for 2017 summer reading assignments are listed below. For a printable version, click here.

Requirements for Selected Courses for 2017/2018:

All-School Read: Chemistry by Weike Wang

English 1: Bird by Bird (Lamott)
English 2: Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)
English 3: Into the Wild (Krakauer)
English 3 AP or 4 AP Literature: Let the Great World Spin (McCann)
English 4 AP Language: All English 4 AP Language students will read Chemistry during the summer and Assassination Vacation (Vowell) during the winter break

Global Issues; Western Civilization; US History: In lieu of summer reading, these courses are allowed to assign a book over either the winter or spring break.
US History AP: Students are to read Part 1: "Liberty and Slavery," which includes chapters 1-6 of America: Empire of Liberty (David Reynolds). Be sure to purchase a paper copy of this book; it will be used throughout the year.
European History AP: Darkness at Noon (Koestler); email Dr. Miller ( for an assignment associated with the novel.
Economics Theory (Honors): Freakonomics (Levitt and Dubner)
Microeconomics AP: The Undercover Economist (Harford)
Comparative Government AP: TBD; Mr. Jenkins will email you during August 2017

Chemistry Honors: Disappearing Spoon (Kean)
Chemistry AP: TBD; Ms. Hall will email you over the summer
Biology AP: Riddled With Life (Zuk); Campbell 10th Ed AP Biology text, chapters 1-3
Physics AP C (Mechanics): 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know (Joanne Baker)
Physics AP C (Electricity & Magnetism): Relativity Simply Explained (Martin Gardner)

Music Theory AP: The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences...(Palmer, Manus, Lethco)

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