ND Reads

Each year Notre Dame High School selects a book that highlights an issue connected to the school’s mission and programs. Parents and community members are then invited to join students, faculty and staff in reading the book.  Throughout the year various activities allow the community to deepen their understanding of the issue and share their thoughts both inside and outside the classroom. 

This year, we are pleased to announce that the ND Reads committee has identified Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen as the 2016-17 community read. This book is a coming of age story of one girl and her family’s migration from Saigon in 1975. It is the story of a desire to assimilate and to create an American identity. Through the use of food, the reader learns to understand the challenges of the immigrant experience. In addition, we explore the issue of diversity as we engage with the author’s diverse family; her challenges of attending an American school; and, her desire to know about the birth mother that was left behind in Saigon.





Author Visit – September 21, 7:00 p.m.
Meet Bich Minh Nguyen
Location:  Notre Dame High School


The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal and  Marine Biologist's Fight to Save a Species
by Terrie M. Williams
La Verdad
by Mary Jo Ignoffo & Lucia Cerna

Tattoos on the Heart
by Gregory Boyle, S.J.

I'm Not Leaving
by Carl Wilkins

Enrique's Journey
by Sonia Nazario

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

The Distant Land of My Fathers
by Bo Caldwell

Funny in Farsi
by Firoozeh Dumas

Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
© Notre Dame High School • 596 S. Second Street, San Jose, CA 95112 • phone: (408) 294.1113 • fax: (408) 293.9779Site Map