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What We're Reading This Summer

If you love books, the summer is a great time to catch up on your reading. We thought we'd share our staff's recommendations below in case you're looking for your next great novel, memoir or book of essays to dive into!

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

"It's a memoir of a gal that worked through losing her mom, disconnecting with her stepdad/siblings, and her divorce through hiking the 100-mile Pacific Crest Trail with zero training or experience. It truly conveys that through struggle, strength and courage that nature can heal you!" - Emily

"It’s set in the marshland of the southern US and the landscapes are so vividly painted and the protagonist is such a survivor against all odds." - Claire

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

"It’s so good! Plot twists!!!! Never expected them! I love when a book does that for me. And it’s actually well written, in a nice drama/ thriller style." - Kirsten

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

"Such an amazing read! Definitely not a light read but it is one of those books that will leave a little something in your heart at the end. It is about a fairly polarizing topic (abortion) but it gives the perspective of those sides of the issue which is really interesting as well as talks about the love between two people in a relationship, a child and parent, a doctor and patient, a person and their role model, as well as strangers who are suddenly depending on each other for survival and have to look past their differences to survive. All in all it's an amazing book, I highly recommend." - Emma

Educated by Tara Westover

"This is an inspiring memoir of a girl sheltered by her religious family from the rest of the world who never went to school growing up yet graduated from BYU, Harvard and Cambridge. Everyone needs to read this book!" - Marie

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

"It was a powerful story of two sisters in France during WW2. Although the sisters couldn’t be more different, they both exemplified determination, strength, and bravery throughout the novel. I HIGHLY recommend." - Claire

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

"This hilarious book of personal essays written by the star of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a light and fun read. I laughed out loud more than a few times!" - Marie

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