September 12, 2017
by Ann Kidd Taylor – June 6, 2017
If you enjoy Florida sunsets, palm trees, love stories, taking second chances, and marine biologist who study sharks, then you will love this read! Written by Ann Kidd Taylor, this is the perfect beach read!
by Lisa Ko – May 2, 2017
The Leavers is the story of Deming, the son of an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly. She goes to her job at a nail salon one day and never comes home. Eventually, Deming is adopted by two white college professors who move him to a small town in upstate New York and change his name to Daniel Wilkinson. Awarded the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, this novel is an exploration of borders and belonging.
by Angie Thomas – Feb. 28, 2017
I can think of no book that needs to be on your to-read list more. The Hate U Give focuses on sixteen-year-old Starr, who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Soon after, his death becomes a national headline, and everyone wants to know what really happened that night. Starr is the only one who can answer those questions, but it may endanger her life. This book is poignant and necessary and special.
by Elif Batuman – March 14, 2017
The Idiot is set at Harvard University and follows the story of Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants. It’s 1995 and email is new, and Selin is discovering that she is doomed to be a writer. This is a novel not just about discovering but inventing yourself. It’s a quirky and delightful read, one I think you will enjoy!
by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini – May 9, 2017
Public Relations was written by two women who work at Buzzfeed. Rose is a young PR star who lands her first big name client when her boss is out of town and Rose has to sit in on a meeting. The meeting is going poorly until Rose suggests Archie Fox (who sounds a lot like Harry Styles ;)) has a faux romance with young indie star Raya. Archie agrees under the condition that Rose becomes his publicist. As Rose is staging their romance, she finds herself having inconvenient feelings for the young, British pop star. This is a light, fun read for anyone who has ever crushed on a young, attractive rock star.
by Maria Semple – Aug. 4, 2012
Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a beautiful novel about a mother and daughter’s relationship. Bernadette is a wild card. To her husband, she is fearless and opinionated. To the Seattle mothers she is a disgrace. To her daughter Bee, she is simply mom. Bee was promised a family trip if she aced her report card, and when she does, agoraphobic Bernadette disappears. Bee compiles email lists and other documents and sets out on a search to find her mother. An endearing and touching novel.
by Ann Shoket – March 14, 2017
Ann Shoket is the former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine. She watched firsthand as the conversation of young girls changed with the crash of the 2008 market. Her new book addresses how millennial women are changing what it means to be powerful and successful. Ann began having dinners with young women who she found were inspiring, and those conversations, of work and love and relationships, led her to write this book. It’s packed full of powerful advice and conversations from Ann and millennial women who are living the big life.
by Souad Mekhennet – June 13, 2017
Souad is a journalist for The Washington Post. She was born and educated in Germany, and has had to learn to balance the two sides of her upbringing – Muslim and Western. Because of her background, Mekhennet has access to some of the world’s most wanted men, from Al Qaeda to the Taliban and ISIS, among others. These men who generally refuse to speak to Western journalists, have chosen to speak with her. Mekhennet is told to come alone to the interviews, never knowing what awaits her there. Her bravery is inspiring and her story is one you will not forget.
by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant – April 24, 2017
After Sheryl’s husband died suddenly, she thought she would never find joy again. Her friend and psychologist at Wharton, Adam Grant, told her there are concrete steps you can take to recover from such traumatic experiences. Resilience is a muscle everyone can exercise and build up. Option B combines Sheryl’s story with Adam’s research to discover how people overcome such hardships including, illness, job loss, sexual assault, and natural disasters. Sheryl is nothing short of inspiring, and her newest book is no exception.
by Amy Poehler – October 28, 2014
There is no one more inspiring than Amy Poehler. Hilarious and entertaining, she is an advocate for young girls and women around the globe, encouraging us to go after our dreams. She is wise and humble and soft, and hilariously witty. This book is full of life advice, some she deems useful and some not. You will not be disappointed with this read!
by Erin Morgenstern – September 13, 2011
I don’t usually choose favorites among books, it’s difficult to choose just one, but if I had to, it’d be The Night Circus. The circus comes in the middle of the night without warning. And just as quickly as it appears, it disappears. To the public, it seems like another circus, full of magic, cinnamon and caramel, and contortionists in small glass boxes. Beyond that, though, there is a fierce competition between two young illusionists. Unaware of how the competition must end, the two illusionists fall in love with each other and a story of love and romance and magic ensues. Full of whimsy and thrilling magic tricks, this is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read.