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2011-2014 Composition / Literature II Core List

Theme = Journeys

Social Science and Public Service


Autobiography of Malcolm X, Ballantine Books, 
ISBN: 978-0345350688

Daisy Bates in the Desert: A Woman’s Life among the Aborigines, Julia Blackburn, Vintage 
ISBN-13: 978-0679744467

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer, Anchor; Reissue edition, 
ISBN-13: 978-030738

Mississippi Solo, Eddy Harris, Holt Paperbacks, 
ISBN-13: 978-0805059038

My Name is Rachel Corrie, Katherine Viner, Theatre Communications Group, 
ISBN-13: 978-1559362962

Road Song, Natalie Kusz, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 
ISBN-13: 978-0374528270

Teaching Lolita in Tehran, Nafisi, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 
ISBN-13: 978-0812971064

The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community, Mary Pipher, Harvest Books, ISBN-13: 978-0156027373

This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff, Grove Press, 
ISBN-13: 978-0802136688

Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortensen, Penguin, 
ISBN-13: 978-0143038252


  • East-West
  • Rabbit Proof Fence
  • Smoke Signals
  • The New Explorers: Expedition Inspiration
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  • TransAmerica

Science and Technology


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver, HarperCollins,
ISBN-13: 978-0571233557

A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson, Anchor, 
ISBN-13: 978-0307279460

Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey into Motherhood, Sandra Steingraber, Berkley Trade, 
ISBN-13: 978-0425189993

Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 
ISBN-13: 978-0812973013

Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen, Vintage; New Ed edition, 
ISBN-13: 978-0099771111

Tents in the Clouds: The First Women’s Himalayan Expedition, Stark and Johnson, Seal Press, ISBN-13: 978-1580050333

The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey into the Land of Chemical Elements, P. W. Atkins, Basic Books, ISBN-13: 978-0465072668

Travels in Alaska, John Muir, Dodo Press, 
ISBN-13: 978-1406582802

Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin, Penguin Classics (abridged edition),
ISBN-13: 978-0140432688

Wandering Home, Bill McKibben, Crown, 
ISBN-13: 978-0609610732


  • Aliens of the Deep
  • Allosaurus (from the Walking with . . . series)
  • Cosmic Voyage
  • Journeys to the Edge of Creation
  • March of the Penguins
  • Never Cry Wolf
  • The Race to the Moon
  • Voyage to the Planets and Beyond
  • Winged Migration
  • Arts and Humanities



Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko, Penguin Books, 
ISBN-13: 978-0143104919

China Men, Maxine Hong Kingston, MacMillan, 
ISBN-13: 978-0330263672

Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier, Grove Press, 
ISBN-13: 978-0802142849

Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee, Grove Press, 
ISBN-13: 978-0802136305

Kolyma Tales (“A Child’s Drawings,” “Lend-Lease”), Varlam Shalamov, Penguin Classics, 
ISBN-13: 978-0140186956

Letters from Yellowstone, Diane Smith, Penguin, 
ISBN-13: 978-0140291810

Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler, Grand Central Publishing; Warner Books Ed edition, 
ISBN-13: 978-0446675505

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches, Matsuo Basho, Penguin Classics, ISBN-13: 978-0140441857

The Odyssey (Fagles translation), Penguin Classics, 
ISBN-13: 978-0143039952

Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey, ed. by Lillian Schlissel, Schocken, 
ISBN-13: 978-0805211764


  • 28 Days
  • Easy Rider
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Paradise Now
  • Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • Thelma and Louise


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

Canary Row, Erskine Caldwell

Confessions, Rousseau

Conversations with My Father, Herb Gardner

Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton

Deliverance, James Dickey

Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and my Journey to Freedom,Francis Bok

Full Moon Boat, Fred Marchant

Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection, John Man

Grendel, John Gardner

Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift

It’s Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Matryona’s Home, Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Mother Love, Rita Dove

On the Road, Jack Kerouac

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard

Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

Pushing the Bear, Diana Glancy

Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft, William Craft

Saving the World, Julia Alvarez

Stones from the River, Ursula Hegi

The Beforelife, Franz Wright

The Book of Exodus

The Last Season, Erich Blehm

The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century, James Howard Kunstler

The Long Walk, Slavomir Rawicz

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, Tadeusz Borowski

The Way to Rainy Mountain, Scott Momaday

Time: A Traveler’s Guide, Clifford A. Pickover

Thomas and Beulah, Rita Dove

Utopia, Thomas More

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