The spring before my freshman year in high school, I received a pamphlet from my soon-to-be English teachers telling me the books they had chosen for our summer reading: Watership Down, The Caine Mutiny, and The Clan of the Cave Bear. Who knows what inspired them to select that odd stew of rabbits, sailors, and Cro-Magnons for our summer sustenance?
When I became a high school teacher, I served on the committee that assigned summer reading to our incoming students. Among the books we picked over the years were Candide, Confederates in the Attic, and Crossing to Safety – the last of which was a result of heavy lobbying on my part. (I consider it a lifelong ambition to proselytize the work of Wallace Stegner.)
And here we are at yet another summer, one which finds me with a typically teetering stack of books next to my bed, one very good one keeping me up past my bedtime, and two questions for you, my friends:
What are you reading this summer? If you could give me a summer reading assignment of three of your favorite books, which ones would you pick?