Summer Reading for Science and Social Studies
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Science Books
Other Nonfiction Books
Summer Reading for English Classes

What Is the Summer Reading Initiative?

Summer reading is part of a broad Redwood High School reading initiative. Redwood is committed to promoting reading for its humanistic values as well as an activity vital to the academic growth of students.
--Bessie Chin Library @ Redwood High School

If you purchase your books from Book Passage, the Bessie Chin Library will get 5% of the purchase price.
Just let them know you're from Redwood.
Science Books
Bakker, Robert T. The Dinosaur Heresies
Cohen, Joel E. How Many People Can the Earth Support?
Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species; The Voyage of the Beagle
Dawkins, Richard. The Blind Watchmaker; The Selfish Gene
Ehrlich, Paul R. The Population Explosion
Forsyth, Adrian Tropical Nature [rainforests of the Americas]
Garrett, Laurie. The Coming Plague
Goodall, Jane. In the Shadow of Man
Gould, Stephen Jay. Wonderful Life; Dinosaur in a Haystack (and many more titles as well) 
Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Horner, John R. Dinosaur Lives: Unearthing an Evolutionary Saga
Kitcher, Philip. The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities
McPhee, John. The Curve of Binding Energy; The Control of Nature
Medvedev, Grigori. The Truth About Chernobyl
Montgomery, Sy. Walking with the Great Apes: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas
Owens, Mark & Delia. Cry the Kalihari [Botswana wildlife]
Quammen, David. The Song of the Dodo: Island Biography in an Age of Extinction
Sagan, Carl. The Demon-haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Thomas, Lewis. The Life of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Tudge, Collin. The Engineer in the Garden
Weiner, Jonathan. The Beak of the Finch
Wilson, Edward O. The Diversity of Biophilia

Other Non-fiction Books
Baldwin, James. Another Country; The Fire Next Time
Berendt, John. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 
Bing, Leon. Do or Die [gang life in L.A.]
Blais, Madeline. In These Girls Hope is a Muscle
Boswell, Thomas. The Heart of the Order [sports journalism]; Strokes of Genius [golf]; Why Time Begins on Opening Day [baseball]
Bowden, Mark. Doctor Dealer [true crime]
Brown, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land
Buford, Bill. Among the Thugs [soccer hooliganism]
Carcaterra, Lorenzo. Sleepers [gang life]
Carson, Rachel R. The Edge of the Sea; The Sea Around Us
Chapple, Steve. Kayaking the Full Moon
Conroy, Frank. Stop-time: The Classic Memoir of Adolescence
Denlinger, Ken. For the Glory: College Football Dreams and the Realities Inside
Duane, Daniel. Caught Inside: A Surfer's Year on the California Coast
Feynman, Richard. What Do You Care What Other People Think?
Feinstein, John. A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers
Fisch, Robert O. Light From the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust
Fromm, Pete. Indian Creek Chronicles [Idaho fish & game warden]
Fussell, Samuel. Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Body Builder
Golenbock, Peter. Personal Fouls [NC State basketball]
Hailey, Kendall. The Day I Became an Autodidact: And the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies That Befell Me Thereafter [high school dropout's memoir]
Haley, Alex. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Hammill, Pete. A Drinking Life
Hansen, Eric. Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo
Hurston, Zora Neale. Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography
Jordan, Pat. A False Spring [baseball memoir]
Junger, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Kahn, Roger. The Boys of Summer; A Season in the Sun; The Games We Used to Play
Kiesling, Stephen. The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence
Kingston, Maxine Hong. China Men
Kogar, Judith. The Struggle for Perfection at the Julliard School
Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild
Lopez, Barry. Arctic Dreams; River Note; The Dance of the Heron
Maslow, Jon. The Bird of Life, the Bird of Death: A Naturalist's Journey Through a Land of Political Turmoil
Matthews, Jay. Escalante: The Best Teacher in America
Matthiessen, Peter. Men's Lives [commercial fishers]; Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark
McBride, James. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
McCall, Nathan. Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America
McGinniss, Joe. Going to Extremes [Alaska]; Fatal Vision [true crime]
McPhee, John. Encounters with the Archdruid; A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Bill Bradley at Princeton; Coming into the Country [and many more]
Michaelis, David. The Best of Friends: Profiles of Extraordinary Friendships
Nicholl, Charles. The Fruit Palace [drug traffic]
O'Rourke, P. J. Holidays in Hell [family humor -- and many others]
Pipher, Mary. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
Postman, Neil. The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School
Radner, Gilda. It's Always Something
Read, Piers Paul. Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
Reisner, Mark. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Ryan, Joan. Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters
Sacks, Oliver W. A Leg to Stand On; Awakenings; The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat [psychiatrict case studies]
See, Lisa. On Gold Mountain: The One-hundred-year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
Shilts, Randy. And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic
Sachar, Emily. Shut Up and Let the Lady Teach: A Teacher's Year in a Public School
Sokolove, Michael Y. Hustle: The Myth, Life and Lies of Pete Rose
Tateishi, John. And Justice for All: An Oral History of the Japanese American Detention Camps
Theroux, Paul. Riding the Red Rooster: By Train Through China; Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific [and many other travel books]
Turnbull, Colin M. The Forest People [African tribal people]
Tygiel, Jules. Baseball's Greatest Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy