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What books besides ‘The Color Purple’ are on Brunswick’s high school reading list?

Pressley Baird


Q. There’s been a great deal of angst regarding “The Color Purple” on the reading list for Brunswick County high school students in AP English. Just out of curiosity, what are the other books on the the reading list?

A. Advanced Placement instructors at each high school in Brunswick County create their own syllabi and reading lists, which are then submitted to the national advanced placement board for approval, said district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki.

Students read passages from a wide variety of books in these classes. The full novels and plays that they read or are encouraged to read include:

“Macbeth” by William Shakespeare;

“Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller;

“Hamlet” by Christopher Marlowe;

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” by William Shakespeare;

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley;

“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen;

“Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro;

“Heart of Darkness,” by Joseph Conrad;

“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison;

“The Scarlett Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne;

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald;

“Their Eyes Are Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston;

“As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner;

“Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut;

“The Awakening” by Kate Chopin;

“Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck;

“The Stranger” by Albert Camus;

“Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger;

“The Color of War” by James McBride;

“In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote;

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain;

“Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” by Frederick Douglass;

“This House of Sky” by Ivan Doig;

“Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer;

“Walden” by Henry David Thoreau;

“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien; and

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou.


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