Over the next few months, we will be revealing the titles that will become our additional summer reading options for the summer of 2016. Students will select one title from a list of six novels per grade (In the subject line of the post, “Freshmen” means that the book will be read by incoming freshmen, not existing ones, etc.).
Citizen by Claudine Rankine
This book is prose poetry, visual artwork, anecdotal storytelling, essay, narrative, and verse. It is easily the most experimental works that we offer at BHS in the way that it challenges the whole notion of what a book is and how it ought to function. The book’s central theme is the current state of affairs in the United States in how we react to or respond to racial tension. The book examines historical moments like Hurricane Katrina and the increased awareness of police violence against black youths, pop culture moments including professional tennis and soccer athletes, and the contemporary contradiction of how racial identity has become a topic that we must talk about, and yet as a country, we seem ill-equipped to talk about it. This 2014 publication is a thought-provoking and exciting book from a contemporary perspective.