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LHS 12th Gr Summer Reading


12th Grade Suggested Summer Reading 2012

Longwood High School  





 The Case of the General's Thumb  The Case of the General's Thumb  Kurkov, Andrey  The corpse of a distinguished general is found attached to an advertising balloon—and minus his thumb. Police Lieutenant Viktor Slutsky is sent in to investigate. So, too, is KGB officer Nik Tsensky. They begin their investigations unbeknownst to each other, but quickly find themselves mystified about developments caused by the other.
 Death Comes to Pemberley  Death Comes to Pemberley  James, P.D.  Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered.
 The Third Reich  The Third Reich  Bolano, Roberto  On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war-game champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood.
 Micro  Micro  Crichton, Michael  Presents the story of a group of graduate students who accept work with a mysterious biotech company in Hawaii only to be abandoned in a treacherous wilderness when they discover their employer's dark agenda.
 Cosmos  Cosmos  Gombrowicz, Witold  A dark, quasi-detective novel, Cosmos follows the classic noir motif to explore the arbitrariness of language, the joke of human freedom, and man's attempt to bring order out of chaos in his psychological life.
 Alice James  Alice James  Strouse, Jean  Tormented throughout her short life by an array of nervous disorders, constrained by social convention and internal conflict from achieving the worldly success she desired, Alice was nonetheless a vivid, witty writer, an acute social observer, and as alert, inquiring, and engaging a person as her two famous brothers.
 The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt  The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt  Preston, Caroline  Using an array of vintage memorabilia, a novel told in the form of a scrapbook follows Frankie Pratt, who goes to Vassar in 1920 with dreams of becoming a writer, which becomes a stepping stone to an international adventure.
 The Age of Movies  The Age of Movies  Kael, Pauline  A collection of signature writings by the former "The New Yorker" critic offers insight into her ability to capture cinematic details and includes appraisals of such works as "Bonnie and Clyde", "The Godfather", and "Last Tango in Paris."
 The Conference of the Birds  The Conference of the Birds  Sis, Peter  A first adult book by the author of the Caldecott Honor-winningThe Wallis an uplifting adaptation of the 12th-century Sufi epic poem about a flight of birds under the leadership of a hoopoe who search for a true king while enduring profound spiritual challenges. 30,000 first printing.
 Blue Nights  Blue Nights  Didon, Joan  Alatest memoir by the author ofThe Year of Magical Thinkingshares the author's frank observations about her daughter, Quintana Roo, as well as her own thoughts and fears about having children and growing old, in a personal account that discusses such topics as her daughter's wedding and her feelings of failure as a parent.