Summer Reading List…

A few books to pack before heading to the beach, lake, mountains, or your backyard patio:

Novels
As most of you know, I’m not a huge fiction fan, but I really enjoyed these three…

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – Wildly creative; deeply touching; the most inventive ghost story I’ve read in a long while.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Wonderful story in an F. Scott Fitzgerald setting.  No one has greater command of the English language than Towles.

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes – A completely implausible spy novel page-turner, but entertaining nonetheless.

Non-Fiction and Biographies

The General vs. the President by H.W. Brands – Harry “the buck stops here” Truman squares off with Douglas “I shall return” MacArthur over Korea, China, Russia, and nuclear war.  My kind of stuff!

Richard Nixon: The Life by John Farrell – I’ve been fascinated with Nixon since my dad grabbed me by the neck as the President announced his resignation in August 1974, sat me down in front of the television, and said “You’re watching history being made.”  And this profile of one of the most intriguing political figures of the 20th century does not disappoint.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen – Insightful look at the life of “The Boss” (so named for good reason) from Freehold, NJ to superstardom, including a hard look at his battle with depression along the way.  Enjoyable.

Testimony by Robbie Robertson – Autobiography of one of my favorite songwriters and musicians.  Incredible story which gives credence to the lyric, “This living off of the road is getting pretty old.”  From the Hawks to Dylan to the Last Waltz, it was quite a journey.

In Case You Missed It (I know I did)

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson – Written sometime in the 1990s, this hysterical travel guide through Australia is perfect beach reading.  My next vacation is to Alice Spring and Ayers Rock!

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  1. Good list. I’m getting that Springsteen book for my brother in law! I’m currently reading Big Magic: Creative Living Without Fear. Wonderful book about inviting creativity and inspiration to find you and having the courage to follow its hints.

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