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10 Engaging, Fascinating Summer Reads. Take a Look!

Are you in the market for some new, fascinating summer reads? I’ve rallied members of the community with vast interests and perspectives and they’ve graciously offered up their picks for favorite summer reads of 2021.

Take a look and see if any spark your interest. You can get a headstart and pack up your beach bag right now!

Let’s get started:

1. Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story – Remaking A Life From Scratch by Erin French

This book is a story of courage, survival, grit, connection to women, a mother-daughter relationship, navigating deep loss while refusing to lose hope, renewal, and freedom.
The author narrates the audible version herself.  It’s one of the most powerful memoirs I have ever read/listened to.  A must-read!
It is my number one book currently. It’s so full of wisdom and courage…..and the lessons of resilience and never give up! – Barbara Green, Cohasset, MA

2. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

This book is based on the traditional story of Jesus but focuses on the main character, Ana, who the author imagines as Jesus’ wife.  The author largely follows biblical stories familiar to many but through the eyes of Ana.

Ana struggles to find the passion and potential inside her in a time and culture where women are silenced.  It is a powerful and beautiful story of strength, resilience, and humanity.  – Jennifer Wilms, Delray Beach, FL

3. Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To by David Sinclair, Ph.D. (New Agey Summer Read)

This is a book about hope. We do not have to age!
Our birthright is to live a long healthy, vibrant life, and the future of humanity will prove we can slow it down and live longer healthier lives.  – Angelique Mango, Annapolis, MD

4. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Summer Beach Read)

A cleverly written, witty murder mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. Just plain ENJOYABLE! A complete pleasure. – Elizabeth Naughton, Fort Lauderdale, FL

5. Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller (Escape to another world summer read)

I am actually re-reading Alexandra Fuller’s “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” which is about her unruly childhood on a farm in Southern Africa and which has the best opening lines ever.

6. Cocktail Hour Under The Tree Of Forgetfulness – by Alexandra Fuller

Then I will re-read her follow-up memoir “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness,” which is about her glamorous but tragic mother. Fuller’s writing shimmers. – Jackie Fearer, Boston, MA

7. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Historical WW2 novel based in France. A story about two women, one a female spy!

I loved this book because it demonstrates the true determination, endurance, and grit of women when faced with extremely difficult circumstances. – Wendy Badia, Cohasset, MA

8. The Quantum and the Lotus by Matthieu Ricard & Trinh Xuan Thuan

It is a journey that spans modern science and Buddhism.
The two authors are captivating.
One was a Buddhist monk who left the world of science, and another was born into a Buddhist family but became an acclaimed astrophysicist.
A remarkable story and journey about how we are all inter-connected. – Angelique Mango, Annapolis, MD

9. Parent Like It Matters: How To Raise Joyful, change-making Girls – by Janice Johnson Dias, PhD

Renowned sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias has devoted her life to nurturing and training girls to become change-makers—whether through her investment in her daughter Marley’s humanitarian projects or her work with the GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s “SuperCamp.”
Excerpt – An accessible blueprint to embolden our daughters to be critical thinkers, fearless doers, and joyful change agents for our future—from the proud mother of teen activist Marley Dias, founder of 1000BLACKGIRLBOOKS.
In these unprecedented times, her work has never been more urgent, as parents find themselves asking: How do we teach our children to change the world? – Annika Cox, Boston, MA

10. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

A collection of short, heartfelt stories that drew me in immediately. I loved learning about the lives of Haitian immigrants – the struggles, the love, the loss, everything! You won’t be able to put this book down. – (my summer pick) Tricia Rose Stone, Los Angeles, CA


I hope you find that these summer reads cover the gamut! Have you read any of these books? Do you have any further recommendations to share? Please let me know in the comments below!

Also, are you interested in reading any self-help books this summer? See my 10 favorite self-help books of all time.

Happy reading!

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