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Senior Summer Reading List

Kimberley Fowler
By Kimberley FowlerJuly 6, 2017

There is nothing more relaxing than curling up with a new book on a lazy summer day. Whether you are basking on a lounger in the hot sun or snuggled under a cozy blanket listening to the rain, reading is the perfect pastime and sweet escape to another place and time.

Senior Summer Reading List

Here are our must-read book recommendations for your senior summer reading list:

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“Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship”

by Isabel Vincent

This incredible memoir explores the unique friendship that develops between Isabel and Edward, her friend’s elderly father. Isabel originally visits with Edward as a means of “checking up” on him, however the two soon find themselves sharing delicious weekly meals prepared by Edward, and conversations that nurture them both and change their lives. A beautifully written story about food, life and love.

“Hidden Figures”

by Margot Lee Shetterly

This remarkable novel has been adapted into an award-winning film, however it is a definite must read! “Hidden Figures” is based on true events and tells the interwoven stories of four African-American female mathematicians who played a critical role in many of NASA’s greatest achievements, including sending the first man into space. This novel spans over three generations and celebrates the astounding successes of these remarkable women, while revealing the discrimination and inequality they faced.

“Lincoln in the Bardo”

by George Saunders

This fictional novel is based on the true life of Abraham Lincoln and the shattering grief he experienced following the death of his 11-year-old son. Author George Saunders has created a fantastical version of events that took place one strange night in 1862, when Lincoln enters the bardo, “the transitional state of the soul between its death and its rebirth,” according to Tibetan Buddhism. This is a remarkable and peculiar story about love, loss and repentance.

“Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy”

by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

This inspirational novel, written by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Adam Grant, renowned psychologist and Ivy League professor, is a practical guide for building resilience, finding strength in the face of adversity and moving forward from a life-shattering event. The book was written from the personal experience of Sandberg, after the unexpected death of her husband and offers this key message: “We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.” This powerful novel can encourage and facilitate change for anyone going through a difficult life experience.

“The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared”

by Jonas Jonasson

This comedic, feel-good novel tells the story of Allan Karlsson and the wild adventure that takes place on his 100th birthday. The story begins with Allan abandoning his planned party, climbing out his bedroom window and escaping from the retirement home in which he lives. As Allan unknowingly dodges the police who have been alerted to find him and the dangerous drug dealers whose money he has unintentionally stolen, remarkable events of his life and younger years are revealed.

“The Magnolia Story”

by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Fixer Upper is the wildly popular HGTV show that features Chip and Joanna, the lovable and talented married duo who make dreams come true for homeowners in Waco, Texas. Their memoir explores their life behind the scenes — memories from their respective childhoods, how they met and the secrets to their success. A lighthearted and fun read, this book shares intimate stories of America’s favorite couple and tells a tale of “love, adventure and dreaming big.”

“The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”

by Arundhati Roy

This stunning novel, written by the critically acclaimed author of “The God of Small Things,” is a weaving love story with shifting narrators and timeframes, and unforgettable characters. The story is set in India and describes in exquisite and accurate detail the landscape of the subcontinent, from the “cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond.” A must-read novel of love and hope.

“Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again”

by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

This revealing memoir is written by Kimberly Williams-Paisley, popular Hollywood actress and wife of country music star Brad Paisley. It tells the story of how her family members lives were forever changed after her mother was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a rare and debilitating form of dementia. This heartfelt novel recounts her families’ challenges in coping with this devastating diagnosis, and how they  rallied together in love and support. Raw and wrenching yet uplifting, this is a memoir than can’t be missed.

Do you have any must-read recommendations to add to our summer reading list? We’d love to hear more about your favorite titles in the comments below.

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