KHC’s 2017 Suggested Summer Reading List

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If you’re looking to get some R&R this summer, how about digging in to a great book? We polled our employees on their latest favorite authors and topics.  See below for a list of KHC’s favorite summer reads:


  • Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  A tale of two sisters just coming of age and how they survived during the German occupation France at the beginning of World War II.
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  From the author of Big Little Lies, this novel explores the modern-day opening of Pandora’s box.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  Set in near-future New England, Atwood sets the scene of a totalitarian and theocratic United States government, and its effect on women.
  • 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.”
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.  Famous international businessmen and heads of state have gathered to listen to the performance of a world-renowned opera star, when suddenly the building is overtaken by terrorists.
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.  The story of 42-year-old pharmacologist Marina Singh, who makes her way deep in a Brazilian jungle, and then must fight her way back home to Minnesota.
  • The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett.  This is Patchett’s first novel, about a woman who falls in love while living in a rural Kentucky home for unwed mothers.
  • Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray.  Romeo Cacciamani and Julie Roseman are rival florists who meet at a seminar and quickly find they are attracted to one another.
  • Step Ball Change by Jeanne Ray.  A “feel good” novel about a 62-year-old dance instructor and her family drama.
  • Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray. This is the story of Ruth, who is trying to ward off stress with a hospital administrator husband, surly teenage daughter and son at college when, within a year, Ruth’s mother comes to live with them, her husband loses his job.
  • On The Island by Tracy Garvis Graves.  Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive—and slowly fall in love.
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.  This novel follows four college classmates as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. It is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.


  • Trout Bum by John Gierach.  Essays about fly-fishing, the natural world and life in general by an American author and freelancer writer.
  • Simply Ramen by Amy Kimoto Kahn.  A complete course in at-home Ramen making.
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.  A memoir of his years in the restaurant industry.
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle.  A story of a Catholic’s priests experiences as he served on the Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles.
  • Leadership 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.  A step-by-step program for increasing 22 core and adaptive leadership skills.
  • Destiny & Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meachum.  Pulitzer Prize–winning author Meachum chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush, an intensely private man who was president during tumultuous times.
  • Leaders Eat Last by Simon Senek.  A book about how leaders can create organizations and cultures that allow workers to go home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work that they do.
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert.  Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert reveals what scientists have discovered about the human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there.
  • Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel.  The remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg and Nell Scovell.  A non-fiction work that chronicles the struggles of women in the workplace – past and present – in facing the challenges and barriers that they encounter in the form of gender-bias.
  • Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck.  This book is about a new era of feminism, offering women new rules that play to their strengths and build on power they already have.
  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson.  A fable about how to cope positively with change.
  • Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes.   From the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying “yes” changed her life.

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