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5 Books to Read this Summer

Posted by: Mira Roberts

Summer is approaching fast, and bringing with it long, lazy days spent outside at the beach, in the courtyard or on your patio with a good book. Warm, summer afternoons are perfect for curling up with a riveting new read and a cool glass of lemonade and finding pure escape.

Life is busy, but in summer, things slow down. This year, take advantage of the slower pace with new books written by some of our favorite and new authors. Dig into a thrilling mystery, be swept away by a moving memoir or deepen your understanding of important historical figures, and enjoy taking a solid break from the noise of the news and media.

The joy of reading can uplift and inspire any season, but there's something about relaxing in summer with a good, old-fashioned story that just seems fitting. We've gathered a list of 5 books that are at the top of our summer reading list, and we hope you'll join us in diving in.

When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalinithi's debut memoir was written during his last year of life as he battled through lung cancer at the young age of 36. A well-respected neurosurgeon at Stanford, Paul Kalinithi discovered his cancer as he was approaching the end of his medical training, and describes the profound impact it had on his life as he was instantly transformed from doctor into patient. A compelling, heart-breaking and still heart-warming read, you'll read through this book quickly (and with a box of tissues).

Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work
Dave Isay from Storycorps presents this collection of inspiring and compelling stories on the American Workforce with humor and dignity. The book's stories celebrate the "passion, determination, and courage it takes to pursue the work we (Americans) feel called to do." Expect a powerful read from start to finish, with comic relief showing up right when you need it.

No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money
Named a Best Biography by the Wall Street Journal, this fascinating biography tells the story of Winston Churchill and his tangled relationship with money and personal finances. As compelling as it is historically accurate, this read will delight the would-be historian in any of us.

The Taxidermist's Daughter
This captivating mystery is written by well-known author Kate Mosse, and is as haunting as it is enthralling. Set in 1912 in Sussex, Mosse weaves a tale of intrigue around a young woman and her outcast father, the taxidermist, and the mysterious crime involving the strange murder of a local woman.

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble
When Dan Lyons (former writer for Newsweek), is laid off unexpectedly, he makes a surprising career change and signs on at Boston startup, Hubspot, as part of their marketing team. He shares his hilarious and somewhat scandalous experience working in the startup bubble in this colorful, witty and clever memoir that will keep you laughing (and guessing).

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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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