Titles Selected for Summer Reading!

  • Who: Eastview students
  • What: Summer reading selections
  • When: Thursday, August 11, 2011
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Buffalo Wild Wings in Apple Valley
  • Why: Because, REAL MEN READ!

We’ve selected the following titles for our summer reading.  Feel free to choose one or more, read the book(s) over the summer, and join us at Buffalo Wild Wings in Apple Valley for food and conversation.  Why?  Because REAL MEN READ!

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (see Dr. Beach for a copy)

Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy…to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction…to the philosopher who becomes a pirate…to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad…to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels.

Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. (from bn.com)

Lost in the Wild by Cary Griffith

In the wilderness, one false step can make the difference between a delightful respite and a brush with death.

On a beautiful summer afternoon in 1998, Dan Stephens, a 22-year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park. He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage—and did not return. More than four hours later, Dan awakened with a lump on his head from a fall and stumbled deeper into the woods, confused.

 

Three years later, Jason Rasmussen, a third-year medical student who loved the forest’s solitude, walked alone into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a crisp fall day. After a two-day trek into a remote area of the woods, he stepped away from his campsite and made a series of seemingly trivial mistakes that left him separated from his supplies, wet, and lost, as cold darkness fell. (from bn.com)

On The Beach by Nevil Shute

After a nuclear World War III has destroyed most of the globe, the few remaining survivors in southern Australia await the radioactive cloud that is heading their way and bringing certain death to everyone in its path. Among them is an American submarine captain struggling to resist the knowledge that his wife and children in the United States must be dead. Then a faint Morse code signal is picked up, transmitting from somewhere near Seattle, and Captain Towers must lead his submarine crew on a bleak tour of the ruined world in a desperate search for signs of life. Both terrifying and intensely moving, On the Beach is a remarkably convincing portrait of how ordinary people might face the most unimaginable nightmare. (from bn.com)

Trigger by Susan Vaught

Jersey Hatch can’t remember if he rammed the car into his parents’ house.  He can’t remember why his best friend won’t speak to him.  He can’t remember the right words to have a real conversation.  And he can’t remember why he tried to shoot his own head off.

Broken in both mind and body, Jersey must piece his life back together, step by painful step. He must re-learn to tie his own shoelaces. He must somehow pass Algebra and graduate high school. And he must try to repair old friendships as severed as the connection between his brain and his once-athletic body.

With a compelling and unique literary voice Susan Vaught thrusts readers directly into the bitterly funny head of Jersey Hatch as he navigates his own damaged existence, and as he tries to answer the question not just why he wanted to end his very good life, but whether he can stop himself from trying to end it again.

An eye-opening story that expertly navigates the triumph of family, the depths of despair, and the humor of the most mundane details of life.

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