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?
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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