During these dog days of summer, there is still time to get some reading in. See below for a list of KHC’s favorite summer reads:
- Z – Therese Anne Fowler’s novel about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
- The Paris Wife – by Paula McLain. A story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
- Extreme Prey by John Sandford. The latest installment in the Lucas Davenport mystery series, this one is set in Iowa. And even though you know “who dunnit” early, still a fun read to see how the police figure it out.
- The Martian by Andy Weir. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew.
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. A romantic novel brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—and asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
- Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry – a peek into what it means to be a woman on Wall Street.
- Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag – a murder mystery that provides a glimpse into the psychological and physical after-effects of traumatic brain injuries and PTSD.
- One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – the first in a series of novels featuring the character, Stephanie Plum, a “former lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter.”
- Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Gilbert reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there.
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown – Quote from book: “Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”
- Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton – Two professors combine their research in behavioral science to explain how money can buy happiness – if you follow five core principles of smart spending.
- Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder. A real- life thriller about an American-born financier who makes millions in Russia just after the break-up of the Soviet Union; the murder of his principled young attorney and his quest to expose the people responsible in Putin’s regime.
- Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson. An interesting read about one of our country’s founding fathers, given the current political environment and the upcoming election in the US.
- How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. Subtitle and summary: “Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare your Kid for Success.”
- Shoe Dog by Phil Knight – Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic and profitable brands.
- Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. A new examination of the last days of what was then the fastest cruise ship in the world, Larson tells of when 1,198 were lost when a German U-Boat sank the Lusitania off Ireland’s west coast.
- More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture by Dayton Moore. Royals general manager Dayton Moore explains how the team he took over in 2006 rose to the 2014 American League championship.
- Mao: The Unknown Story by Jon Halliday and Jung Chang. A 2005 biography of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong written by a husband and wife team, and depicts Mao as being responsible for more deaths in peacetime than Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin.