Historical fiction, dystopia, the state of America and the world today, Abraham Lincoln, inspirational stories - you’ll find it all on this summer reading list compiled from a survey asking Road Scholars what they plan to read as the days warm and lengthen. As an added bonus, most are now available in paperback!

Would you recommend any of these books? What’s on your summer reading list?

  1. Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
  2. Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  3. Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  4. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  5. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
  6. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  8. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  9. The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
  10. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly
  11. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  12. Holy Bible
  13. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
  14. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman
  15. 1984 by George Orwell
  16. Anything is Possible: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
  17. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  18. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
  19. Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett
  20. Barkskins: A Novel by Annie Proulx
  21. This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
  22. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly
  23. Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
  24. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  25. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • I recommend Hillbilly Elegy.  It's nonfiction written by a novelist who was born and raised in the state he writes about.  It's about the Opioid crisis and how it affects the lives of  people in the midst of an unforgiving economy, due to closed coal mines; their main livelihood.  Finding themselves with no jobs, no hope, and a slew of family problems; they live  among town doctors who are too willing to prescribe and hand out  pain killers like candy.  It's about what happens to a disenfranchised populace dealing with life and death issues, and suffering the consequences of a fate far beyond their control and power.

  • For a glimpse into life at the turn of the 20th century, you'll enjoy "There Was A Little Girl: Memoirs of Growing up in Victorian Brooklyn" written by Edith Foote Carpenter and published posthumously, available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon or  www.outskirtspress.com/therewasalittlegirl !

  • Loved both "The Nightingale" and "All the Light We Cannot See."

  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan

  • I have read six out of the ten pictured books and would enthusiastically recommend all of them. Hillbilly Elegy explained for me the Trump election. A Man Called Ove, like Backman's subsequent books is pure magic, for non-fiction The Boys In The Boat deserves it's many weeks on the best seller list, A Handmaid's Tale is a chilling classic, The Zookeeper's Wife is a wonderful WW2 story of the Warsaw Ghetto and those who risked their lives to help the city's Jews. I have just purchased The Underground Railroad but haven't read it yet. BTW All the Light......is also a wonderful novel. Whoever selected these books sure is on my wavelength.

  • Ann Pachett books are always a good read in my opinion. It took me a while to get into Commonwealth, but was captured about 50 pages in.  

  • A Gentleman in Moscow is one of the best written books I've read in a long time. Our entire book club loved it. You have to get beyond several chapters of Russian history; but, after that, it's fantastic. A great lesson on how you can make a home anywhere and how your family doesn't have to be blood relatives.

  • The Boys in the Boat! I read this book some time back. I am a rower, and it was a must. It is an extraordinary story definitely worth reading - rower or not. There is also a PBS special ("The Boys of '36") that you can stream at: www.pbs.org/.../. Wonderful!!!

  • I enjoyed the  Boys in the Boat on audio books. Truly heart warming .

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