Our summer reading selections are chosen carefully, and often reflect current social issues, common campus themes, and matters of historical significance. Many of the books—and many of the authors—are award-winning and widely renowned. Recent selections have included: Educated by Tara Westover; Born a Crime by Trevor Noah; All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely; Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan; and The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision for Our Sustainable Future by Dr. David Suzuki.
Traditionally, Taft students and faculty have read one book over the summer break, and have then come together in the fall to discuss the book. In an effort to promote greater student engagement, the committee has decided, for the Summer of 2019, to offer a variety of books based on the theme of grit and perseverance, and allow each student to select a book that he or she is most interested in.
In conjunction with a variety of departments, the Summer Reading Committee is pleased to offer the following selections this summer:
· City of Thieves by David Benioff
· Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
· Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
· Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
· The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
· The Martian by Andy Weir
· The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer
· The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
· This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Summer Reading Committee will be rolling out a program in early September 2019 with a visit from author Sarah McBride to continue the discussion of the themes of grit and perseverance with Taft students and faculty.
Brandon Kiley, All American Boys
Tara Westover, Educated
Jason Reynolds, All American Boys