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​The books below may be ordered from Amazon. I also like, which has good used copies of most of these books. 


A few notes are in order. If indicated, please order books by their ISBN. This ensures that students have the correct book and that we are all on the same page. (Sorry for the pun)




Books for Latin Seminars

Latin I              

Henle Latin (0829410260)

Henle Grammar (978-0-8294-0112-7)

Roman Culture Packet (provided in class)

Our Latin Heritage (Provided in class)


Latin II

Henle Latin (0829410260)

Henle Grammar (978-0-8294-0112-7)

Latin Made Simple (978-0-7679-1861-9)

Roman Culture Packet (Provided in class)


Summer assignment for Latin II: Memorize the Henle Textbook vocabulary list pages 217 to 224. Review your noun and verb forms in the Henle Grammar. There will be a quiz.


Latin III

Latin for Americans  (provided in-class)      

Wheelock’s Latin (provided in-class)

Review Text in Latin Three and Four Years by Freundlich (978-0877205586)

Vulgate Bible (provided in class)


Summer assignment for Latin III: Memorize the Henle vocabulary list from page 473—488. Review the verb forms you have learned. There will be a quiz.


Advanced Placement Latin

AP Virgil--Aeneid (978-0-86516-764-3)

AP Virgil Workbook (978-0-86516-7742)

AP--Gallic Wars (978-0-86516-778-0)

Workbook for Caesar’s Gallic Wars (978-0-86516-753-7)

Review Text in Latin in Three and Four Years (978-0877205586)

Aeneid in English (Translation by Mandelbaum recommended)


AP Latin summer work: Memorize the assigned vocabulary sheet. You’ll need the books this summer to start the vocabulary. Read the entire Aeneid in English. These are absolute requirements for the first day of class.

N.B.: The Caesar and Virgil texts and workbooks may be ordered either from Amazon or from the publisher, Bolchazy-Carducci.



3Rs I

Writer’s Inc. (provided in class)

Harp and Laurel Wreath edited by Laura Berquist (ISBN 0-89870-716-1)

Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus (978-0-470-22268-3)

The Bible (King James or RSV recommended)

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes

Gift of the Magi (0-486-27061-0)

Importance of Being Earnest (provided in class)

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and A Very Interesting Boy

True Grit by Charles Portis (any complete edition)

Animal Farm by George Orwell (any complete edition)

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (provided in class)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (any complete edition)

Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam (978-1416906384)

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (provided in class)


Summer reading: Lois Lenski’s Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison


3Rs II

Writer’s Inc. (provided in class)

Harp and Laurel Wreath edited by Laura Berquist (ISBN 0-89870-716-1)

Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus (978-0-470-22268-3)

The Bible (King James or RSV recommended)

The Princess Bride (provided in class)

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (provided in class)

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (provided in class)

War Stories by Paul Dowswell (ISBN 978-0794514990)

To Kill A Mockingbird (any complete edition)

Edith Hamilton’s Mythology (provided in class)

Till We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis: any complete edition)

Old Man and the Boy by Robert Ruark

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury




Books for English History and Literature

History of Britain and Ireland (DK Publishing: ISBN 978-1465417701)

Prentice-Hall Literature: The English Tradition (ISBN 0136917003) IMPORTANT: GET THIS EXACT EDITION. It is the primary textbook for this class and may be acquired at for less than $5.

Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays (provided in class)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Tolkien edition: ISBN 0344277600 or 978-0-345-27760-2)

One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household

The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories by Rudyard Kipling (Dover edition. ISBN 0486280519). Please order the Dover edition!

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse



Summer reading: Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male


Books for AP Seminars


Note to AP students, particularly to those in literature: You must have the correct edition of the book. Several--the Norton Critical Editions--have important essays and notes at the end of the book. We use the books in class and must reference page numbers. You’ll slow the class down by using a different edition.


N.B. The test preparation books--the Barron’s, the Princeton Review, the 5 for a 5--are this year’s editions (2013). There is no real advantage in getting the 2014 books. They provide the same information, and we need the books in August for class.  Order by the ISBN.


AP English Literature

5 Steps to a 5 (978-0071840750)

Beauty Will Save the World (provided in class)

Literature (0316488763 Used. Blue cover. MUST have this edition)

How to Read Literature like a Professor (978-0-06-000942-7)

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (any edition)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (any complete edition)

The Power and The Glory by Graham Greene (any complete edition)

Heart of Darkness (provided in class)

Wuthering Height (ISBN 0-393-97889-3) (Must have this edition)

Crime and Punishment (0-393-95623-7)

The Great Gatsby (Norton Critical Edition: any complete edition)

So We Read On by Maureen Corrigan

Brave New World (Any complete edition)

Plays and poems (contained in our textbook, Literature)


Summer reading: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


AP English Language and Composition

Barron’s AP English Language and Composition (5th or 6th edition will do)

The Bedford Reader (978-0-312-66779-5)

An Education for Our Time by Josiah Bunting (any complete edition)

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman (any complete edition)

American Essays (provided in class)

With Love and Prayers (provided in class)

The Writer’s Workshop (provided in class)

The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis (any complete edition)

When No One Sees by Oz Guinness and Virginia Withrow (Out of print, but available from amazon and

For The Time Being by Annie Dillard

Eats Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss


Summer reading: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman


AP European History

AP Achiever for European History (ISBN 978-0073256726)

History of Western Society (ISBN 0618270744)

Europe 101 by Rick Steves; ISBN: 978-1566915168

A Postcard From The Volcano by Lucy Beckett

OR Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder


Summer reading: Lucy Beckett’s novel A Postcard From The Volcano (ISBN 978-1586172695). Some of you will struggle with this book. It is long and covers an era—Europe between the world wars—with which some of you are unfamiliar. So why ask you to read it? Because every page is crammed full of history. A Postcard From The Volcano shows us, in great detail, how complicated history is, how filled it is with all sort of different prejudices, religious beliefs, ideologies, personal desires. Through the eyes of Prussian aristocrat Max von Hofmannswaldau, you will experiences the horrific and devastating impact of war, the fall of empires and governments, and the impact of politics and events on individual lives.


Sophie’s World is your alternative to A Postcard From the Volcano. Postcard contains more history, Sophie’s World more philosophy. Many AP instructors around the country have their students read Sophie’s World. I prefer Postcard because of the author’s slant on life, but the choice is yours.


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2010 - present

2010 - present

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