Trinity High School is proud to offer a voluntary program to sophomores, juniors, and seniors--the Great Books Program.

Trinity’s Great Books Program draws inspiration from programs found at the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and St. John’s College in both Annapolis and Santa Fe. The program is student-driven, inquiry-based, and aims to explore the human experience and its complexity through classic works of literature. Students will develop their worldview and critical-thinking skills by asking questions, formulating and sharing their opinions, and supporting their ideas with textual evidence. Trinity’s program uses well-crafted, multicultural selections that connect to our established curriculum, while also offering enrichment opportunities and the chance for mentoring.

Students who choose to participate will select a book from a given category and work over the semester with a faculty member who sponsors the book for a personalized learning experience. Students will read one book each semester or summer, for a total of three books each year. Students must complete two years minimum (six books) for recognition. Members of the Class of 2021 will need to complete three selections total for recognition. Students may not repeat the same category during their work in the program. Students will earn fractional credit with the completion of this program, recognition at graduation, and a special designation on their transcript.
The program's current categories and books are listed below.
The program is evolving, and book selections are subject to change.
African American Experience
Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Frederick Douglass: Narrative Life
W.E.B. DuBois: The Souls of Black Folk
Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man
Anne Moody: Coming of Age in Mississippi
Solomon Northup: 12 Years a Slave
Jesmyn Ward: Salvage the Bones
Booker T. Washington: Up from Slavery

African Experience
Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart
Bessie Head: Maru
Bessie Head: When Rain Clouds Gather
Cheikh Hamidou Kane: Ambiguous Adventure

American Novel
Saul Bellow: The Adventures of Augie March
Kate Chopin: The Awakening
Theodore Dreiser: Sister Carrie
Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man
William Faulkner: Light in August 
Ernest Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms
Sue Monk Kidd: The Secret Life of Bees
Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Edith Wharton: Ethan Frome

Asian American Experience
Carlos Bulosan: America is in the Heart
Celeste Ng: Everything I Never Told You
Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Sympathizer
Monica Sone: Nisei Daughter

Christian Spiritual Classics
Saint Athanasius: The Life of Saint Antony of Egypt
Saint Augustine: Confessions
Saint Catherine of Siena: Little Talks with God
Saint Francis de Sales: Introduction to the Devout Life
Saint John of the Cross: Dark Night of the Soul
The Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle
Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul

Classical Studies
Aeschylus: Agamemnon 
Marcus Aurelius: The Meditations
Homer: The Odyssey
Plato: Phaedo
Sophocles: Antigone
Suetonius: The Twelve Caesars

Detective/Thriller Fiction
Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key
Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon
Tony Hillerman: Dance Hall of the Dead
Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca

Eastern Religions
The Bhagavad Gita
Confucius: The Analects
The Dhammapada
Hermann Hesse: Siddhartha
Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

Epic Tradition 
Beowulf
The Bhagavad Gita
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Homer: The Odyssey

Golden Age of English Theater
Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedy
Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus
William Shakespeare: Othello
William Shakespeare: The Tempest 
William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

Hispanic American Experience
Sandra Cisneros: The House on Mango Street
Cristina Henriquez: The Book of Unknown Americans
Richard Rodriguez: Hunger of Memory

Japanese Novel
Shusaku Endo: Silence
Yasuanari Kawabata: Snow Country
Yukio Mishima: The Sound of Waves
Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of the Genji
Junichiro Tanizaki: The Makioka Sisters
Literature and Science
Rachel Carson: Silent Spring
George Gamow: Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland
Margot Lee Shetterly: Hidden Figures
Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Literature and War
Erich Maria Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front
Selections from The Penguin Book of First World War Stories
Elie Wiesel: Night

Middle Ages
Dante Alighieri: Purgatory
Saint Bonaventure: The Life of Francis
The Quest of the Holy Grail
The Saga of Eirik the Red
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Song of Roland

Modern Novel
Pearl Buck: The Good Earth
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Karamazov Brothers
Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary
Graham Greene: The Power and the Glory
Sigrid Undset: Kristin Lavransdatter I--The Bridal Wreath
Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited

Modern Philosophy
Rene Descartes: Discourse on Method
Jean-Paul Sartre: No Exit

Native American Experience
Mary Brave Bird: Ohitika Woman
Mary Crow Dog: Lakota Woman
Bartolomé de las Casas: A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
David Grann: Killers of the Flower Moon
N. Scott Momaday: House Made of Dawn
John G. Neihardt: Black Elk Speaks
Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony

Russian Novel
Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
Nikolai Gogol: Dead Souls
Boris Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago
Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
Ivan Turgenev: Fathers and Sons

Science Fiction and Fantasy
Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Frank Herbert: Dune
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings

Short Story
Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
Selections from Great Short Stories by African American Writers
Selections from Great Short Stories by Contemporary Native American Writers
Selections from Short Stories by Latin American Women
Selections from Short Story Masterpieces by American Women Writers
Selections from The Complete Short Stories by Saki
Selections from The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Selections from The World's Greatest Short Stories

Supernatural Fiction
Lafcadio Hearn: Japanese Ghost Stories
Henry James: Turn of the Screw
M.R. James: Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories
Selections from American Supernatural Tales
Selections from Best Ghost Stories of J.S. LeFanu by J.S. LeFanu
Selections from The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories
Bram Stoker: Dracula
Any student interested in participating can contact
Mr. Cominsky or Mrs. Bolster for more information.