Summer Reading Essays

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Students who are enrolled in SJVHS’s Honors English program have additional reading and an additional assignment.

AP-level students in English and US History have a separate reading list and must follow the guidelines for these courses. Kane at [email protected] NOTE: Digital and/or print copies of some of these books are available through the SJV Library and our Over Drive digital library.

Comedian Pete Holmes tells us all about his upbringing, from his childhood to his days at a Christian college to his marriage and divorce from his first wife, all while struggling to balance the idea of faith with his lived reality. Richard Rohr blurbs the book, saying: “Seldom do I read such creative and humorous writing—and have it be so profound and true at the same time.... Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland I know a book about politics does not sound like the ideal beach read, but the first presidential primary debates are coming (June 26 and 27), and we have to be ready. J., senior editor by Jim Forest This is a somewhat recent biography of Daniel Berrigan, S. It is a good summer read for those looking for support and inspiration from someone who also lived in the midst of tremendous upheaval in the church and society. J., editorial intern by Douglas Brinkley This is a great summer read for two reasons. came to see the lunar voyage as a great national endeavor, worthy of our effort and ambition.

This new book from the hosts of the “Pantsuit Politics” podcast is a faith-filled, how-to guide for talking politics, disagreeing and not killing anyone in the process. Father Berrigan’s prophetic life was one of both struggle and joy that came from an intense commitment to the demands of the Gospel. First, this summer marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and of Neil Armstrong’s immortal words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Second, it is the story of how J. It showed how man can elevate himself by “reaching for the stars” and, at the same time, by realizing how vast the creation of God is.

If you are trying to make sense of the millennial generation (or even the newly emerging Generation Z), start here.

Brandon Sanchez, O’Hare Fellow is a vivid description of what it is like growing up African-American and gay in the inner city.

Beth and Sarah’s catchphrase is: “No shouting, no insults, plenty of nuance.” As the political climate heats up, I am trying to learn from Beth and Sarah how to disagree kindly and confidently—and maybe, despite the weather, to be less of a hothead. Most important, it recreates something we have sadly lost: a sense of adventure and the ability to imagine what can be.

Emma Winters, O’Hare Fellow explores how Jesuits responded to the Second Vatican Council. It shows that all the infighting in the church today has precedent. Joseph Mc Auley, assistant editor by John Matteson Although I have never (gasp) read Little Women, I was intrigued by the story of Louisa May Alcott and her father, Bronson Alcott, after visiting Orchard House, the house where the family lived in Concord, Mass..

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