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Summer Reading 2015 Bentley Upper School: More information about the books

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 Just Mercy is currently available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook. It will be available in paperback on August 4th.
All the Light We Cannot See is available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Not only does Just Mercy speak to Bentley’s core values, Stevenson’s personal narrative is gripping – and timely, given the turbulent events unfolding across the country and in light of #blacklivesmatter. His writing is accessible and combines humanizing individual stories with thoughtful analysis of larger historical issues. "Stevenson not only provides an entry point into contemporary debates about race and the law, but he also captures the importance of listening and compassion as well as discovering one’s purpose." (Dr. Chen)

Stevenson is “a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He's the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.” He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, and has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. His TED Talk, “We Need to Talk About an Injustice,” has received over 2 million views.

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

"This Pulitzer winner combines the gripping stories of two young people with the history of WWII in a spell binding way using hauntingly beautiful prose." -- Ms. Bogas

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

First published in 1899, this classic novel explores the cultural realm of the New Orleans' Creole community, focusing also on the changing position of women at the turn of the century. Although Chopin professed no political connections with feminism, her story presents, through the person of Edna Pontellier, an independent and feminist character.

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