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
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