Marin Academy’s Summer Reading Selections, Descriptions, and Discussion Locations

One of the great joys of summer is having the opportunity to pick up a good book just for fun. It is in this spirit that a group of seniors have chosen the following works and invite every member of the MA community to attend lunchtime discussions about each of these books on Friday, August 26th. The 2011 summer reading selections are:

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Discussion to be led by Caitlyn Birer, Alexis Geh, and Marina Pickrel

Tells the story of Chris McCandless, a twenty-four year old idealistic adventurer who is found dead in Alaska after four months of living on his own in the wilderness.

Location: Lib 212

Outliers: the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Discussion to be led by Terry Castleman, Tiffany Chang, and Jennifer Katz

Challenges the conception that merit is the basis of success, and shows how a multitude of factors can influence a person’s life.

Location: Lib. Seminar Room

Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Discussion to be led by Kate Kingsley, Olivia Lloyd, Meredith Parish, and Brian Rowett

Presents the memoir of a chaotic childhood in a dysfunctional family full of love.

Location: Lib 213

City of Thieves by David Benioff
Discussion to be led by Ben Miller, Maya Sampath, and Zach Zeff

During the horrific 900 day siege of Leningrad (St. Petersburg, Russia), two young men are forced on an impossible quest to find ten eggs. What follows is not only a powerful description of WWII Russia, but of perseverance and friendship.

Location: Lib 210

Demian by Hermann Hesse
Discussion to be led by Kamile Johnson and Alison Korman

Tells the story of a rather innocent young man being led into a dangerous world of crime and rebellion only to find his own identity.

Location: Lib 211

We hope you enjoy these selections, and look forward to your ideas, thoughts, and questions!


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