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2010 Avon Grove AP English Literature Summer Reading

Todd P. Wimer "Mr. Wimer"
The list author says: "Summer Reading 2010 for AGHS's AP English Lit Class - try to snag used editions when possible!"
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
"Req'd. Read this one first! We will not cite it directly in class, but you will need it for the paper in which you connect it to your choice book... take it out of the library if you're trying to save some dough."
Crime and Punishment (Norton Critical Editions)
Crime and Punishment (Norton Critical Editions)
"Req'd. Ah yes. The classic psychological journey into the mind of a killer. Pay attention to the plot structure, characterization, passages concerning morality/ethics, the recurring motif of water, the role of religion, and so on."
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
"Required! I'll write a blurb about this one later."
Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics)
Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics)
"Optional- Oh how that Darcy is a dreamboat! A lovely lighthearted Victorian tea and crumpets novel all the way. Have some tea whilst reading it on the porch. And a scone. Foils abound here, so look for them. Think also about how propriety and decorum dictate social interactions, and whether or not you think this is a bad thing... I mean, do we even have social standards anymore? Haha."
Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
"Optional- Any edition of this will do. Used book stores usually have it for a buck. If you're reading it thinking, 'Hhwwhat? This is absurd!' Well, right you are! Perhaps Beckett is exploring the absurdity of our own existence. Try to have fun with it."
Atonement
Atonement
"Suggestion for choice book. I'm reading it now. It's verbose at times, but I can see where it's going (I think) and it's got a lot of literary merit."
Equus
Equus
"Suggestion for choice book. I'm reading it right now. It's too risque to bring into the curriculum officially, but a few of my students read it this year and suggested it. Thought provoking!"
Alias Grace: A Novel
Alias Grace: A Novel
"Suggestion for choice book. I love anything by Margaret Atwood but this one is always taken out of my classroom library; it's practically falling apart."
Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake
"Suggestion for choice book. Another Margaret Atwood, but with a male protagonist! Who doesn't love a good dystopian read? Genetic mutation goes awry, and Snowman has to live with it."
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
"Suggestion for choice book. The Great American Novel, i.m.h.o. I know it's a big, dense read, but I reread it last summer for a grad course and loved it. This actually happened to thousands of people in your grandparents' lifetimes!"
Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
"Suggestion for choice book. How I love modern novels with literary merit. A difficult read in some ways, but very rewarding overall. Please clear this one with your parents b/c of mature content."
The Corrections: A Novel (Recent Picador Highlights)
The Corrections: A Novel (Recent Picador Highlights)
"Suggestion for choice book. Um. How can I put this. First of all, Mature content with a capital M. Second, brilliantly written character-driven novel that has achieved more critical acclaim than any other 21st C novel to my knowledge."
Death of a Salesman (Viking Critical Library)
Death of a Salesman (Viking Critical Library)
"Suggestion for choice book. This is one of those plays where we don't formally do it in the curriculum (but should) yet refer to quite a bit in class discussions/literary terms examples. Don't expect a happy ending. Ha."
Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
"Suggestion for choice book. Last year we did 'Beloved' for summer reading and it didn't go over so well. In my opinion, this is Morrison's best novel. Modern African-American magical realism, and gobs of allusions. Poetic writing!"
Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"Suggestion for choice book. Winner of 'The Booker of Bookers' award, brilliantly written, and an excellent example of both Postmodernism and Magical Realism."
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
"Suggestion for choice book. Beautifully written, and often considered the quintessential work of magical realism. Difficult at times, especially if you put it down for a day or two and 'fall out of the family tree' so to speak. You'll see what I mean."
Jasmine
Jasmine
"Okay, I haven't actually read this one yet, BUT I put it on here to mention that more and more contemporary world lit titles are showing up on the AP Exam's Q3 (not only because this year's prompt was about exile, either--last year Orhan Pamuk's 'Snow' was also mentioned for the first time.) It's the 21st Century, scholars are now looking to the East for inclusion in the literary canon!"