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Erskine Caldwell

A reading list for freshmen

A reading list for freshmen

The leap from eighth grade to high school can be a difficult one, but it can be made easier with the help of a good book. We asked several notables to recommend a good summertime read for incoming high school freshmen. Their suggestions: 1. Rennie Sparks, author, artist and half of The Handsome Family (with husband Brett), an alternative country band: "The Report," by Cabeza de Vaca (sometimes translated as "The Account"). This is the true chronicle of shipwreck, slavery and starvation written by a Spanish conquistador in the 16th century. He was lost in the Florida swamps, enslaved by indigenous people, forced to sacrifice his only clothing to make a raft that...