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Writers Against Racism: Ira Socol’s DIVERSE Summer Reading List (secondary level)

Last year I interviewed Ira Socol (Michigan State University College of Education) on his book The Drool Room and on using Correct Language. Since that time, I have found that he is an awesome resource to all who know him on Twitter, and to all who know him in the education communities – around the world.

As I prepare my K-12 reading lists, with the hopes that teachers will diversify their selections this summer, Ira came through with his list for secondary level students:

Toni Morrison – Beloved – Song of Solomon – Tar Baby
JM Coetzee – The Life and Times of Michael K – Disgrace
Peter Hoeg – Borderliners
Seamus Deane – Reading in the Dark
Ira Socol – The Drool Room – A Certain Place of Dreams
Michael Ondaatje – The English Patient
John Dos Passos – The USA Trilogy especially 1919
VS Naipaul – In a Free State
Alice Walker – The Color Purple – The Complete Stories
Chinua Achebe – Things Fall Apart – No Longer at Ease
Chenjerai Hove – various poems –
Seamus Heaney – poetry –
Roy Arundhati –  The God of Small Things
Ben Okri – The Famished Road
Derek Walcott – The Gulf – Other Poems – Omeros

Thanks, Ira!


  1. What a compelling list of adult selection for high school readers! I’m taking notes here for myself!

    Amy, have you seen a diverse list of YA books for summer reading?

  2. Amy Bowllan says:

    Edi, I am trying to compile a list, so to present at our Princeton conference.
    In the meantime, let’s get some lists together.