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.).
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
There are few writers today who command an audience at a book tour like David Sedaris. He’s nearly at rockstar status. People pay upwards of $60 to hear him read, and lines trail around the block at his book signings. His appeal comes from his humor – in this collection of essays, Sedaris recounts his experiences as an expatriate in Paris, trying to learn French as an adult, and feeling like a failure most of the time. Sedaris’s stories are great – his stories turn from poignant to hilarious, and he’s the type of author who makes you want to find a friend and tell him or her, “Read this!” If you’ve never read any of his material, or heard his stories (Sedaris is a frequent contributor to NPR programs), then this title is considered by many to be the place to start.