All-School Read

The Holderness All-School Read is an annual tradition for Holderness’s students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni. The nominations are always inspired, sometimes silly, very often intellectual, riveting, passionate, and/or quirky. The pool is always wide-ranging, each newly nominated book stirring debate and ideas about what we read and why we read. Then, the Secret and August Committee meets—and voila! A book is chosen for all the community to enjoy during the summer break. When school commences in the fall, the conversations begin—on the paths to class, around the tables at dinner, and of course in the classrooms. What parts did you like? What surprised you? Would you read the book again? It’s a great way to begin the year as a community.
Students: Make sure to check out the Reading Questions and other summer assignments by logging into the myHOLDERNESS portal and clicking on the Summer Work Resource Board.

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  • Where Do I Find Sing, Unburied, Sing?

    You may purchase Sing, Unburied, Sing on Amazon or from your favorite bookseller. Print or Kindle -- your choice!

    You may also find an ebook copy through the Alfond Library’s Overdrive ebook collection.

And the 2018 winner is...

Sing, Unburied, Sing
By Jesmyn Ward

Proposal for the 2018 All-School Read by Kathy Weymouth, Dean of Students

Jesmyn Ward's novel Sing, Unburied, Sing is a must read for the Holderness School community. Three generations of a Mississippi family living in poverty, the ghosts of its past and a road trip to the State Penitentiary are the ingredients of a gripping story of death and discovery.

Poetic language combined with painful memories leave the reader in Ward's grip...and the grip never loosens until the last page.  And then you wonder, "Why?"

Keep this idea in mind as you read. It is one we will explore as a community as we discuss Sing, Unburied, Sing together throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

At Holderness School, we focus thematically on issues concerning equity, inclusion, identity, and social justice. This year’s Equity and Inclusion theme of focus is Race. How does Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing -- a work of fiction -- invite and challenge us to explore Race?

Watch and listen as Jesmyn Ward reflects on writing, race, and art:

Jesmyn Ward's 'Sing, Unburied, Sing' is a ghost story about the real struggles of living

Reading Questions

Use these questions to guide your reading of Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Summer Challenges

Send us a picture of you reading Sing, Unburied, Sing over summer break! #HoldernessSing


Share your favorite quote from Sing, Unburied, Sing! @HoldernessToday

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