Required Reading at Concord High School

Pick any of these books to fulfill the "Required Reading at One of Your Local High School" category of Ultimate Book Nerd 2023!

Updated March 15, 2023
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The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Shakespeare, William
After seeing the ghost of his murdered father, Hamlet realizes that his new stepfather was the killer and plots revenge and ponders the value of life.
Death of a salesman : certain private conversations in two acts and a requiem
Miller, Arthur
The Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy of a salesman's deferred American dream   Ever since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes...
A Raisin in the Sun
Hansberry, Lorraine.
Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of black America--and changed American theater forever. The play's title comes from a line in Langston Hughes's poem...
Team rodent : how Disney devours the world
Hiaasen, Carl.
"Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an evil; so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure wickedness. . . . Disney isn't in the business of exploiting Nature so much as...
Changing planes
Le Guin, Ursula K.
"Then came a child trotting to school with his little backpack. He trotted on all fours, neatly, his hands in leather mitts or boots that protected them from the pavement; he was pale, with small eyes, and a snout, but he was adorable." --fromChanging Planes The misery...
The great Gatsby
Fitzgerald, F. Scott
A true classic of twentieth-century literature--nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925,...
Bird by bird : some instructions on writing and life
Lamott, Anne
A New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these...
The catcher in the rye
Salinger, J. D.
The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books. "If you...
Ender's game
Card, Orson Scott
"Read Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game before the big-screen adaptation, starring Harrison Ford and Hugo's Asa Butterfield, hits theaters Nov. 1." - Entertainment Weekly, 13 Ways to Get Ready for '13 The worldwide bestseller,  Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card comes to the...
Into the wild
Krakauer, Jon.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. This is the unforgettable story of how Christopher Johnson...
The house on Mango Street
Cisneros, Sandra.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world--from the winner of the 2019 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. The House...

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