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Summer Reading Titles Discussed During All-School Book Chats

Loomis Chaffee students joined in school-wide Book Chats on Friday, September 13, discussing their selections from 30 fiction and nonfiction titles as part of the school’s Summer Reading Program.

In addition to grade-level reading requirements and the all-school book, students were required read at least one Book Chat selection during the summer and come prepared to join group discussions based on that title. Introduced last year, the Book Chat readings and discussions were designed to encourage reading for enjoyment.

Faculty members from a cross-section of disciplines and offices selected the Book Chat titles again this year, including representatives of academic departments; athletics; the arts; Katharine Brush Library; the deans of students; college guidance; the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; the Pearse Hub for Innovation; the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies; and the Norton Family Center for the Common Good.

The discussion groups for the books met in venues across campus and ranged from 160 to three readers, and some of the larger groups were separated into smaller subsets to allow everyone to participate in the conversations. One or more teachers led each group.

Connect to a photo gallery and video from Book Chats.

Book Chats titles included:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Six sessions led by Nick Barker, Steve Colgate, Beth Helfrich, Berrie Moos, Scott Purdy, Jeff Scanlon '79

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Led by Mat DeNunzio

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Led by Marley Matlack and Meg Stoecklin

Circe: A Novel by Madeline Miller

Two sessions led by Michael Anderson and Jackson Fleming, and Marc Cardwell and Martha Ince

Climate of Hope by Bloomberg & Pope

Led by Jeff Dyreson

Dear Evan Hansen (script) by Levenson, Pasek & Paul

Led by Candice Chirgotis and Kate Loughlin

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott

Led by Andrew Bartlett and Gillian Struthers

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Led by Izzy Fitzpatrick and Annie Sher

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

Led by Mary Liscinsky

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Duffy, Jennings, and Butler

Led by Ruth Duell and Will Eggers

Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us about the Business of Life by James Kerr

Led by Tim Helfrich ’96 and J.R. Zavisza

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chounard

Led by Scott MacClintic ’82 and Jen Solomon

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Juren

Led by Dan Dowe

Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen

Led by Eric Styles

Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World by Mitch Prinstein

Led by Mike Donegan

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Led by Mimi Donegan

Small Country: A Novel by Gaël Faye

Led by Rachel Nisselson and Delphine Robison

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Led by Laura Rochette

The Art of Possibility by Zander & Zander

Led by Lori Caligiuri

The Downtown Pop Underground by Kembrew McCleod

Led by Christian Ryan

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

Led by Ewen Ross and Steven Stewart

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Led by Courtney Jackson

The Poet X: A Novel by Elizabeth Acevedo

Led by Lilian Hutchinson and Elizabeth Parada

There, There by Tommy Orange

Led by Harrison Shure and Kate Saxton

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Led by Neil Choudhary ‘05

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Led by Liz Leyden

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Led by Webb Trenchard

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be by Frank Bruni ‘82

Led by Freddi Dupré

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Led by Miles Morgan and Fred Seebeck