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The books listed below are recommendations from Worcester Academy students and faculty. Choose one of these books to read this summer or select a title of your choice!
The Glass Castle by
I loved this book because I could really feel the emotions of the character, and you grow up with her since she was little, and you feel as if you know her. It was also one of my favorites because it was a true story so the emotions came alive.
Recommended by Zoe Alpert
It is an interesting book and gives people a good idea of what the world of musicians is like and what can happen to them. This story is written by the author who was the guitarist for the Rolling Stones and describes how drugs and other substances affected their life and their music.
Recommended by Jack Baker
I Am Malala by
This book empowers women and education.
Recommended by Mia
The Macho Paradox by
This is perhaps the best book on gender-based violence that I have read. It is specifically addressed to young men, but any can benefit from reading it. Katz's use of sports analogies and his recognition of the impact of student-athletes on school communities makes this a particularly engaging read for that population. Overall, The Macho Paradox is sure to provoke some excellent thought and discussion among those who read it.
Recommended by Jeremy Smith
Alibaba is now the biggest retailer in China, the world's biggest economy. Jack Ma, a former English teacher, has launched a radical transformation of the Chinese economy by introducing online shopping on a scale that Amazon can only dream of. And it's all happened in the last five years. As if the economic and technology weren't enough, Ma is also pursuing some radical new notions about the overall priorities of business within a society - placing an emphasis on supporting other entrepreneurs and reforming China's health care and education systems. I've only just started reading the book, but I'm intrigued as an economist, historian, educator, and citizen of the world. Jack Ma and Alibaba are changing the world - I want to understand how.
Recommended by Mr. Upton
Stars in Their Courses by
Shelby Foote, who cut such a courtly figure in Ken Burns's PBS series The Civil War, is an uncommonly graceful writer as well, and this careful study of the 1863 Gettysburg campaign assumes the contours of a classical tragedy. Foote positions readers on the field of battle itself, among swirling smoke and clattering grapeshot, and invites us to feel for ourselves its hellishness: "men on both sides were hollering as they milled about and fired, some cursing, others praying ... not a commingling of shouts and yells but rather like a vast mournful roar." Foote's fine book is history as literature, and a welcome addition to any Civil War buff's library.
Recommended by Mr. Thorn
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by
We live in a "man-made world" of concrete, steel, glass, and plastic. We nibble chocolate bars, read books and magazines printed on paper, and wash our hands in porcelain sinks. But how much do we know about these materials? How were they discovered? How are they made?Why is glass transparent? Why is concrete strong? Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist, examines the "stuff" our world is made of. His book is an easy-going but informative blend of science, history, and personal anecdote. Every chapter is full of intriguing information. (The first plastic billiard balls sometimes exploded when they collided.) Reading this book will make you see the world around you with new and appreciative eyes. Who knew that concrete could be so interesting?
Recommended by Mr. Woodruff
When China Ruled the Seas by
Levathes tells the stories of seven epic voyages by the Chinese between 1405 and 1433. Looking forward to reading this book this summer!
Recommended by Mr. LaRose
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by
In this brutal work of nonfiction, Bill McKibben argues that human activity has already changed Earth so muchthat it may as well be a new planet, Eaarth. McKibben makes climate change comprehensible, conveying it's causes and vast effects in clear, digestible prose. To say that's enjoyable would be untrue, to say that it's a book that urgently needs reading and demands a response from us would be more accurate.
Recommended by Ms. Tseng
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by
Just Mercy is a look at systemic problems with criminal sentencing in America, voted one of the best books of 2015 by just about everyone who votes on those things.
Recommended by Mr. Yanco
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by
Eagleman attempts to convince the Criminal Justice system to sentence men based off of their potential for reforming seen by neurological factors rather than whether they committed the crime. He divulges us into the secret world of how our brain functions and analyzes the conscious and unconscious mind's behavior by presenting controlled experiments where the brain has been injured or altered in different ways and the repercussions because of it. It is a credible book that will change your perception of human nature.
Recommended by Anastasia
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