All-School Book


Each year at Kiski, a discussion-worthy book exploring themes of leadership and challenge is selected as the All-School Book, bringing the community together while promoting extra-curricular reading. The All-School Book is read by the entire student body, faculty, staff and interested parents during the summer. An author visit, scheduled early in the fall, includes a presentation and book-signing.

Past All-School titles have included The Laramie Project, The Color of WaterFriday Night Lights, The Last Lecture, and This Boy's Life
The 2018 Kiski All-School Book is Tribe by Sebastian Junger. The award-winning author of the acclaimed A Perfect Storm, will visit Kiski for a special presentation via video chat on September 24, 2018.

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. TRIBE explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world. (reprinted from Amazon).

Students are responsible for obtaining the All-School book and Summer Reading books from the Kiski Bookstore or other book vendor. For more information, contact the librarian.



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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, private, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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