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10 th Grade Summer Reading List You will be required to read two books over the summer. Upon your return to the school in the fall, you will be asked to write open-responses to these readings. Choose Two Books from the Following: Heller, Joseph Catch 22 - The modern classic black comedy that satirizes the absurdity of war. Echoes of Yossarian, the bombardier who was too smart to die but not smart enough to find a way out of his predicament, could be heard throughout the counterculture. As a result, it's impossible not to consider Catch-22 to be something of a period piece. But 40 years on, the novel's undiminished strength is its looking-glass logic. Again and again, Heller's characters demonstrate that what is commonly held to be good, is bad; what is sensible, is nonsense. Kesey, Ken One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - Cowed by sadistic Nurse Ratched, the inmates of a mental hospital are galvanized by a new patient, the free-spirited McMurphy, who enters a pitched battle of wills with the nurse. Critics are divided on the meaning of the book: Is it a tale of good vs. evil, sanity over insanity, or humankind trying to overcome repression amid chaos? Whichever, it is a great read. O’Connor, Edwin The Last Hurrah - O'Connor's 1956 account of big-city politics, inspired by the career of longtime Boston Mayor James M. Curley, portrays its Irish-American political boss as a demagogue and a rogue who nonetheless deeply understands his constituents. It’s simply the best book ever written about Irish Politics in Boston. Autobiography of Malcolm X - One of the most important spokesmen for the Civil Rights movement of the sixties went through significant changes in his philosophy, which may have led to his assassination. Malcolm X's searing memoir belongs on the small shelf of great autobiographies. The reasons are many: the blistering honesty with which he recounts his transformation from a bitter, self-destructive petty criminal into an articulate

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