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#1 Freakonomics by Steven Levitt

#2 Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen

#3 Life Among the Piutes by Sarah Winnemucca

Book everyone should read: Freakonomics (and the follow up books)


#1 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

#2 My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrant

#3 Celia by Celia Cruz

Book everyone should read: What Happened to you? by Oprah Winfrey & Dr. Bruce Perry

English Dept.


#1 Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

#2 (tie)The World According to Garp, Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

#3 A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Book everyone should read: Winds of War, War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk


#1 Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (even though he's no longer empathic)

#2 Getting Things Done by David Allen (for productivity — an oldie but a goodie)

#3 Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant (a tough academic read, but eye-opening)

Book everyone should read: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High by Patterson et al.


#1 The Godfather by Mario Puzo

#2 Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

#3 Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


#1 We Are Proud To Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 - 1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury (play)

#2 Neuromancer by William Gibson

#3 Dispatchers by Michael Herr


#1 Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

#2 Comfort Me With Apples/ Tender at The Bone by Ruth Reichl

#3 The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Book everyone should read: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Fine Arts Dept.

Math Dept.


#1 Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

#2 Needful Things - Stephen King

#3 Pelican Brief - John Grisham

Book everyone should read: Who Moved My Cheese? - Spencer Johnson


#1 Harry Potter series: JK Rowling

#2 The 6th man: Andre Iguodala

#3 Where the Sidewalk Ends: Shel Silverstein

Book everyone should read: Barron's AP Computer Science A...just kidding THE HARRY POTTER SERIES

P.E. Dept.

Science Dept.


#1 The Martian by Andy Weir

#2 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

#3 Outlawed by Anna North


#1 How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel

#2 Quantum Entanglement for Babies by Chris Ferrie

#3 Bayesian Probability for Babies by Chris Ferrie

Book everyone should read: Quantum Mechanics for Babies by Chris Ferrie


#1 Nightfall - Asimov & Silverberg

#2 Ecotopia - Callenbach

Social Science Dept.


#1 Autobiography of Malcolm X

#2 The Crippled Tree by Han Suyin

#3 My Experiments with Truth by Gandhi

Book everyone should read: The Body by Bill Bryson. Great book.


#1 11/22/63, Stephen King

#2 Replay, Ken Grimwood

Book everyone should read: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


#1 Tender Is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald

#2 The Land Where the Blues Began, Alan Lomax

#3 Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

Book everyone should read: An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser


#1 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

#2 The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker

#3 Shantung Compound by Langdon Gilkey

Book everyone should read: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell


#1 Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden

#2 Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden

#3 Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Dick Winters and Cole C. Kingseed

Book everyone should read: The Boys in the Boat: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin by Daniel James Brown


#1 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

#2 Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

#3 (tie) The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani and Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Book everyone should read: Maus by Art Spiegelman and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Both humanize past figures and teach about important, turbulent times in World History.

Special Education


#1 Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

#2 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

#3 Dune by Frank Herbert

Book everyone should read: Anne of Green Gables series by  L.M. Montgomery


#1 Breakfast of Champions-- Kurt Vonnegut

#2 The Devil in the White City-- Erik Larson

#3 The Morning the Sun Went Down-- Darryl "Babe" Wilson

Book everyone should read: The Phantom Tollbooth-- Norton Juster

Vocational Education

World Languages Dept.

Other Departments

Forsythe (Office)

#1 Arthurian saga - The Hollow Hills, The Crystal Cave, The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart

#2 Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

#3 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins