Ahhh, lounging with a book in the warmth of these beautiful summer days is just glorious, isn’t it?!

Here are some titles of fiction and non-fiction books that we are enjoying this summer:

Stefanie:

  • I have been re-reading the Dune series by Frank Herbert and am currently on God Emperor of Dune.
  • I’ve also just started reading Entangled life: How fungi make our worlds, change our minds & shape our futures by Merlin Sheldrake and it’s been a great read so far.

Chris:

  • A Savage Dreamland by David Eimer was a fascinating read especially after having travelled to Myanmar (Burma) this past winter. The author paints both an intricate and nuanced portrait of this complex country using personal stories as well as historical data.
  • George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is a great summer read (winter is coming!). Multiple story lines run simultaneously as various characters vie for power, love, and loyalty. The series has been jokingly referred to as “the Sopranos in Middle Earth” due to the power struggles and fictitious medieval/fantasy settings.

Harris:

  • Talking with Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. This was given to me several months ago and I finally picked it up recently. I have read a few of Gladwell’s books and really enjoy his style of writing, he is genuinely curious about human connection and that really resonated with me.
  • Classical Chinese Medicine by Liu Li Hong. This book was written in Chinese several years ago and I had been eagerly awaiting this translation. What I appreciate about this book is that it is a commentary on the practice of Chinese medicine from someone who has devoted his life to expanding his knowledge and refining his clinical skill.

Rachelle:

  • We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter, a historical fiction novel based on true events of a Jewish family separated at the start of WW2.
  • My Brilliant Friend, book one in the 4 novel, Neapolitan series. Written by Italian author Elena Ferrante, it is the story of the life long friendship between 2 women growing up in the 1950’s, richly set in Italian history, politics and society. I can’t wait to start reading the second novel in this series, The Story of a New Name.

Stephanie:

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Deckle Edge is a quirky, fun, and entertaining read about a reluctant centenarian who decides it’s not too late to start over …
  • Mindful of Race by Ruth King.  I listened to an interview with the author last month and she is a compelling speaker.   Just picked up the book yesterday and I am looking forward to the read!