Seven Recommended Summer Reads

We asked OFJCC members what they’re reading this summer:

The Gods of Gotham, by Lyndsay Faye. It’s a mystery set in the 1800s and was recommended to me by author Laurie King when I ran into her at the San Jose airport. My mystery book club has made it our selection this month.”   –Deann

“I finally started reading The Help, after it seems like everyone else in the world read it. I can’t put it down.”   –Rebecca

“I would recommend that everyone who wants to consider themselves educated should read The Swerve, by Stephen Greenblatt. It’s the history of how we became modern.”   –Herb

“I am loving The Boys in the Boat, by Lauren Hillenbrand. It’s inspiring — the story of the American rowing team’s journey to the 1936 Olympics. It’s a great story with wonderful character development.”   –Bud

“I’m starting The World to Come, by Dara Horn. My friend just finished it and made a strong recommendation that I read it.”   –Isabel

Dead Wake, by Erik Larson. It is so, so good…and a little freaky. It breaks down the international climate prior to World War I. I find myself thinking, ‘Oh, that sounds like ISIS,’ and ‘I’m pretty sure the Greek Prime Minister just said the same thing this week.’ It’s eerie to be reading this during the current state of world affairs.”   –Elizabeth

“I’m excited to start Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman. She wrote it before To Kill a Mockingbird, and the publishers rejected it. They told her to go back and write about Scout as a young girl, which she did, to get published. This book is the original. So it’s not really a sequel… there are some key differences.”   –Robert

What’s on your summer reading list?

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Amy Snell

Written by Amy Snell

Amy Snell was formerly the OFJCC's Senior Communications Manager. When not engaged in social media blitzing, Amy enjoys spending time exhorting her two teenage sons to do their chores, shower and study. She also noodles about in sailboat races (motto: Don't break the boat), pretends to play the ukulele, and wants to be a karaoke star when she grows up.

1 Comment

  1. Andrew says:

    3 books I just read and greatly enjoyed:
    Sapiens: a history of Humankind
    How we got to now: 6 inventions that changed human life
    Gangleader for a day, by Sudhir Venkatesh

    All thought provoking and interesting.

    Going to check out Dead Wake and some of the other books that were recommended.

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