Summer is always a wonderful time for reading. Afternoons spent outside with a book, or taking a book to read on a plane while headed for vacation are some of the great joys of summer. Summer reading gets a rap as “light” reading, but I have always found it fun to read all kinds of books in the summer, from fluffy beach reading to serious tomes about world issues.
Here are some reading ideas of books I’ve read recently or have just learned about and hope to read over the summer. Enjoy!
“Summer at Tiffanys” by Marjorie Hart
This tale of life for two young women spending a summer in NYC from Iowa. They work as the first young ladies on staff working as runners on the selling floor of Tiffany. Their antics are amusing; it is fascinating to read of their day to day life in NYC at the time when WWII was ending.
“I, Tina” by Tina Turner
Tina Turner’s autobiography details her escape from an abusive husband and provides a fascinating look at her career.
“On Bullshit” by Harry G. Frankfurt (Published by Princeton University Press)
This clever book is full of wisdom about the modern world. A must read for its wit, sarcasm, and analysis of American life.
“Planet Google: How One Company is Transforming Our Lives” by Randall E. Stross (2009)
Google is a company that almost everyone has heard of. This book analyzes how this fascinating company has somehow oozed into the daily lives of so many people world wide who use Google to blog, to do research, to search for information about careers, real estate, romantic partners, and every other aspect of daily life. Google is used in so many diverse ways it is astonishing.
“Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities” by Jeff Maples
Read about how many Americans are choosing to utilize a bicycle rather than a car. An interesting commentary on today’s world obsessed with the environment, fitness, and gas prices.
“New York Nocturne: The City After Dark in Literature, Painting, and Photography, 1850 to 1950″ by W.C. Sharpe (Princeton University Press)
This book is a beautiful look at NYC after dark. This city is known for its 24-hour-a-day activity. NYC at night is always intriguing; this is a wonderful book for anyone with a love affair with New York City.
“Shore Birds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Photographic Guide” by R. Chandler (Princeton University Press)
With wonderful information and images of shore birds, this book is a delightful treat for the bird lover.
“House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization” by Jonathan Lyons
This book provides vast information about the influence of the Arabs on today’s modern world. At this time when the news is full of news of chaos in the Middle East, it is nice to step back and get a historical perspective on the impact of Arabs on the world.
“Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman” byMary Tillman with Narda Zacchino
Pat Tillman was an NFL player until after 9/11 when he enlisted in the Army Rangers. He was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. The government tried to cover up the cause of his death and did not tell the family the truth of the incident for four months.
“Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America“ by Brigitte Gabriel
A woman who grew up in Lebanon describes what it was like to be a Christian during at time of a jihad movement against Christians in Lebanon. This terrorism expert analyzes the risks to America from terrorists and gives a historical perspective on terrorism throughout the Middle East.
“The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East“ by Sandy Tolan
Young men originally from Palestine visit Israel to see what became of their childhood homes. One of the men is able to interact with the new resident in his old home. As the call for two independent nations again gains power, this book is a fascinating look at how the conflict impacts families and the world.
“After Iraq: Anarchy and Renewal in the Middle East“ by Gwynne Dyer
As the Iraq war winds down, the Middle East continues to be inflamed by anti-American sentiment. This book provides analysis of what the future holds for this region.
Relationships & Friendships
“Romeo is Late for Dinner” by Giulia Melucci
A New York City tale of love in the modern world. This woman’s tales of her romances are laugh out loud funny and the recipes she provides sound wonderful too. Any book with the words “I loved, I lost, I cooked spaghetti” is sure to be an amusing book indeed.
“The Girls from Ames“ by Jeffrey Zaslow
The life stories of women from Iowa. The author examines the importance of lifelong friendships and provides interesting portrayals of the women from Iowa and their lives and dreams.